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 used telephone and online surveys to solicit feedback from middle and high school students and parents, and high school staff. The committee's meeting minutes and surveys may be found here.

    The committee presented its recommendation to the school board on January 14, 2019. Here is a copy of the committee's presentation and a video of the presentation and the board's discussion, which starts at 1:25:02.