High School Start/Dismissal Times

  • The Lawrence Board of Education continues to study a proposal to shift high school start and dismissal times in keeping with national studies that suggest later start times and more sleep are important for high school students’ health, well-being, and school success. (See the left page navigation to review a research sample.) The school board understands that a change in high school start and dismissal times could impact students, families, and school staff in a variety of ways. 

    The board charged a High School Start Times Advisory Council to meet, discuss, gather feedback, and make a recommendation to the board. In addition to using focus groups, the Council will use telephone and online surveys to solicit feedback from middle and high school students and parents, and high school staff. The surveys will include three options: Leave high school start and dismissal times as is at 8:05 a.m.-3-10 p.m., with a 7:00 a.m. Zero Hour; Shift high school start and dismissal times to 8:30 a.m.-3:35 p.m., with a 7:30 a.m. Zero Hour; or Shift high school start and dismissal times to 9:00 a.m.-4:05 p.m., with an 8:00 a.m. Zero Hour. 

    The district will conduct a random telephone survey and targeted online surveys from November 12-26, 2018. Students will receive the survey on their school iPads or MacBooks. A survey link will be sent via email to parents and school staff. Surveys must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on November 26, 2018. The Lawrence Public Schools encourages your participation and values your input!