Viable Scheduling Options

  • Of the ten start/end time options studied, the committee has determined the following three as viable options:

    Option 1 (current start/end time schedules)

    First Position: SSP Secondary (7:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) – zero hour begins at 7:00 a.m.
    Second Position: Lincoln Center Elementary (8:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
    Third Position: Kaposia Education Center (9:00 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.)

    PROS

    • There will be no disruption because the schedules do not change
    • There would not be a cost increase
    • After school athletics and activities will not be disrupted


    CONS

    • Secondary students have very early start times. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later.
    • Sleep deprivation causes secondary students to have lower academic performance
    • The legislature has begun conversations of a possible state mandate of later school start times. We would not be prepared for such a change
    • Our start times conflict with other conference schools thus after school activities as well
    • Perception that the district does not care about student health
    • Does not address zero hour access and bussing

     

    Option 5

    First Position: Lincoln Center
    Second Position: Kaposia Education Center
    Third Position: SSP Secondary
    *start/end times for this option may not align exactly with the current times of option 1 listed above

    PROS

    • Supports the research of a later start time for SSP Secondary students
    • Keeps both elementary schools after a 7:45 AM start time
    • Flexibility of options for SSP Secondary students
    • Band/Choir students can still get in the other classes they need
    • Corresponds best with circadian rhythms
    • No increase in transportation costs
    • More teaching time in the morning for Lincoln Center and Kaposia
    • Supports a reduction of many things for SSP Secondary students (mental health, car accidents, irritability, tardies/absences) and increases academics and alertness
    • Reduce amount of Targeted Services if students are performing better academically
    • Allows elementary staff to coach after school athletics/activities
    • More equitable for all schools – all sites have a change
    • Targeted services and extended day programming becomes more attractive for elementary families


    CONS

    • It is dark early in the morning when elementary students will be at bus stops or walking to school
    • Elementary siblings are home before SSP Secondary siblings, which is why Targeted services and extended day programming becomes more attractive for elementary families
    • Zero hour may still start before the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended start time of 8:30 AM or later for middle/high school students
    • A later finish for secondary targeted services
    • Later start time for SSP Secondary pushes into after school athletics/activities

      

    Option 6

    First Position: Lincoln Center and Kaposia Education Center
    Second Position: SSP Secondary
    *start/end times for this option may not align exactly with the current times of option 1 listed above

    PROS

    • Supports the research of a later start time for SSP Secondary students
    • Aligns both elementary schools for students, staff, and community
    • Keeps both elementary schools after a 7:45 a.m. start time
    • Flexibility of options for SSP Secondary students
    • More teaching time in the morning for the elementary students
    • No change for Lincoln Center
    • Slight change in start times for Kaposia Education Center families
    • Allows elementary staff to have collaborative team time
    • Elementary staff morale unity
    • Allows elementary staff to coach after school athletics/activities
    • Earlier PLC times for elementary staff
    • If more conference schools adjust their start times, this is less of a concern


    CONS

    • Later start for SSP Secondary pushes into after school athletics/activities
    • Zero hour may still start before the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended start time of 8:30 a.m. or later for middle/high school students
    • Increase of approximately $250,000 in transportation cost