High School Start Times Advisory Committee
In February 2018, the Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education recommended a year of planning and fully engaging students, parents, and staff through surveys, meetings, and focus groups regarding changing the high school start times from 8:05 to 8:30 am to promote health and academic benefits for students associated with getting additional sleep.
In May 2018, it was determined a High School Advisory would be created, as a temporary committee pursuant to board policy BBC, to further investigate and discuss feedback from a broad cross-section of our school community. The committee will be in place for the 2018-2019 school year. The committee’s charge is to make a recommendation to our school board by January 2019 regarding implementation for 2019-20 school year. This group will meet 1-2 times per month and will be provided a virtual option to participate when members cannot attend.
On June 25, 2018, the board of education approved creating the High School Start Time Advisory Council as a temporary board committee pursuant to board policy BBC, with the duties and general membership as outlined. The committee consists of two board members, Deputy Superintendent, Director of Secondary Support, two high school building level administrators, 7-8 certified staff, 7 parents of children attending LPS, and one representative from District Site Council, Boys & Girls Club, DELTA, Equity Advisory Council, Special Education Parent Advisory Council and Student Advisory.
*Christina Holt, Associate Director, Center for Community Health and Development, Life Span Institute, University of Kansas is the lead faciltator for this commitee.