SY Calendar/Start Times Advisory Committee

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School Year Calendar/School Start Times Citizens Advisory Committee

This committee is charged with developing recommendations to the school board regarding potential changes to the academic calendar and school start times.

The committee's work began on March 5, 2019 and will continue through the 2019-20 school year. Meetings are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted below. All persons interested in serving on this committee are encouraged to email an OSD email set up for this committee work at:

CAC-SchoolYear@osd.wednet.edu

School Schedule Changes Survey

Go directly to the SURVEY in English, Spanish or Vietnamese or read below for more information. The deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019. Please complete the survey only one time per person.

What: New Proposed Start/End Times for All Olympia School District Schools

 

Why: Last Spring, the Olympia School Board convened a Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) to look into whether shifting start times later for middle and high school students would significantly benefit students, and whether such a change would be feasible given the anticipated impacts of changing start times. The CAC is made up of OSD parents, staff members, students and community members.

Background: Many kids in middle and high school are chronically sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation has wide-ranging effects on adolescents' physical health and safety, mental health and behavior, and academics and school performance. Later start times have been proven to be a simple and effective intervention that helps kids get more sleep (generally, kids will not stay up later because they have a later start time). More than 38 studies have been conducted to examine the effects of delaying school start times and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the CDC have issued policy guidelines that say middle and high school students should not have start times before 8:30 am. Research shows that benefits to students of later start times include:

 

  • More sleep and less sleepiness
  • Improved GPAs, standardized test scores and reading comprehension
  • Significant decrease in tardiness and absences
  • Fewer symptoms of depression and fewer suicidal thoughts
  • Better ability to control impulses
  • Enhanced school performance for economically disadvantaged students
  • Decreased traffic accidents and more safety equipment used (seat belts, bike helmets)
  • Improved athletic performance and fewer injuries.

 

Community Support: The CAC conducted a survey in the spring to assess whether the community supports moving middle and high school start times later in the morning. The survey showed high community support for a change. There were more than 2,400 responses to the survey, and 86% of the respondents support pursuing later school start times for adolescents. The survey also asked general questions about anticipated impacts from changing school start times.

Proposal: Given this support, the CAC requested that the OSD Transportation department propose a possible new bus schedule that would allow middle and high schools to start after 8:30 a.m. In order to accomplish such a change without raising costs, elementary schools would need to start earlier. Many school districts across the nation have begun starting elementary school earlier so that middle and high schools can start later. Research shows that younger kids naturally wake up earlier. Moving start times earlier could potentially benefit younger children’s school experience; however, the change may create logistical challenges for families.

Impacts: The CAC has met with numerous district staff to discuss anticipated impacts of a schedule change. These have included school principals, teachers, administrative staff, deans of students, heads of special academic programs (including the music and International Baccalaureate programs) and heads of the athletic departments. The CAC also met with representatives from supplemental programs such as food services, transportation and before- and after-school child care providers.

The survey: The purpose of this survey is to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts on the benefits and/or challenges that you may experience from a new school schedule. The School Board will consider whether to adopt the new proposed schedule based in part on the results of this survey.

The proposed schedule is:

HIGH SCHOOLS:
8:50 a.m. to 3:27 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
9:00/9:05 a.m. to 3:32/3:37 p.m.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
Five schools from 7:30 a.m. to 1:52 p.m.
Four schools from 8:00 a.m. to 2:22 p.m.
Three schools from 8:30 a.m. to 2:52 p.m.

Continue to the SURVEY in English, Spanish or VietnameseThe deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019. Please complete the survey only one time per person.

 

Scheduled Committee Meetings

 

November 19, 2019,  6  p.m., Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia 

 

November 14, 2019,  6  p.m., Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia

 

November 7, 2019, 6 p.m., Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia


October 29, 2019, 6 p.m., Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia

 

October 9, 2019, 6 p.m., Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia

 

August 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia


June 19, 2019
, 6:30 p.m, Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia

 

June 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia

 

May 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia

April 24, 20196:30 p.m., Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia

 

April 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Knox Administrative Center. 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia

 

March 19, 20196:30 p.m., Knox Administrative Center Room 303, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.


March 5, 20196:30 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

 

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