• School Start Times
     

  • OVERVIEW
    Center Grove formed a committee to studying the feasibility of a change to school start times for the district. Currently, elementary students begin classes at 9:00 a.m. Secondary students (middle and high schools) begin around 7:30 a.m. 
     
    The American Academy of Pediatrics and other respected medical organizations have researched the impact school start times have on students (see links at right). In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that middle and high schools begin classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for the sake of sleep, health, and learning. The AAP recommendation cites a number of factors including biological changes for the sleep issues in adolescents. (Links to research can be found via the menu above.)
  • STUDY COMMITTEE
    Center Grove's School Start Time (SST) Study Committee was formed in the Fall of 2016. The committee included teachers, parents, staff, and administrators. The committee received input from the broader community and parents during a Community Forum on October 25, 2016. A video and PDF of the presentation are available via the links on the menu above. Attendees of the forum were asked a few questions about their preferences for school start times. The SST Study Committee reviewed those responses and developed questions for administrators and school leaders. Those answers and further discussion led the group to develop surveys for parents, staff, and students to determine their preferences for start times. Those surveys were approved by the Board of School Trustees at their January 10, 2017 meeting and were sent out in mid-January. 
     
    COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
    After a review of the survey feedback, the committee was unable to find a schedule that would accommodate all of the factors surrounding a start time change in Center Grove. The committee does believe a start times change is what is in the best interest of students. The group is recommending that the school board continue the discussion with the funding and authority that would be needed to make a change without causing additional disruption and unintended consequences for students, staff, and their families.
    The committee's report was shared with the School Board at its February 16, 2017 meeting.  The Board has asked Dr. Arkanoff to further study the issue.