We recently completed our second survey on the possibility of changing middle school start times. This latest survey asked families and staff to give input on a proposed 9:15 a.m. to 4:17 p.m. middle school schedule.
We conducted our first survey on middle school start times last fall. That survey found that 63% of parents, 62% of students and 45% of staff believe a later middle school start time would make morning routines easier. 15% of parents, 13% of students and 26% of staff believe it would have no impact.
Additionally, among those who indicated a later start time would be more challenging, 48% of staff cited transportation problems as the reason, while 55% of parents cited conflicts with their work schedules. Read the report from the first Middle School Start Time Survey.
View current MMSD middle school start times.
Our Middle School Cross Functional Team is currently analyzing responses from the second survey and preparing a report for the Board of Education. The board will review and discuss the report and decide on next steps in the fall. Please note - no formal decision has been made. Middle school start times will remain the same for the 2017-18 school year.
Research on School Start Times
Several research studies encourage later start times for middle or high schools.
- American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. Doing so will align school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents, whose sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty. American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2014
- The combination of delayed bedtimes and early school start times results in inadequate sleep for a large portion of the adolescent population. Centers for Disease Control, August 2015
- The authors of “School Start Time Change: An In-Depth Examination of School Districts in the United States” provide recommendations regarding the process involved in changing school start times as an impetus for school districts across the country take this step. Mind, Brain and Education, December 2014.
- The Journal of School Health issued a call to action to a call to action for the implementation of American Academy of Pediatrics/Centers for Disease Control and recommendations across the U.S. Setting Adolescents Up for Success: Promoting a Policy to Delay High School Start Times Journal of School Health, July 2016.
If you have questions about middle school start times, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.