School Start Times Task Force
Lexington Public School - School Committee Meeting - May 8, 2018
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, school administration made a follow-up presentation to the School Committee due to a request that additional options raised at the April 24th meeting be explored by the Task Force. The Task Force and Superintendent put forward three preferred alternatives that will move forward in the process. The next meeting, on May 22, 2018 will include the public hearing at 6:00p.m. to discuss these three options plus another discussion on school start time options. If you were unable to attend or would like to review this presentation again, it can be found below:
Notice of Public Hearing - May 22, 2018
The Lexington School Committee is holding a public hearing on May 22, 2018 at 6:00p.m. in Battin Hall at Cary Memorial Hall. Please find below and link to the press release:
Lexington Public School - School Committee Meeting - April 24, 2018
On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, school administration made a follow-up presentation to the School Committee based on inital questions. The next meeting, on May 8, 2018 will include another discussion on school start time options. If you were unable to attend or would like to review this presentation again, it can be found below:
Lexington Public School - School Committee Meeting - April 11, 2018
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, school administration presented the work of the School Start Times Task Force to date. This was the first time that school start time options were presented to the general public. In addition to options, a timeline for upcoming School Committee and community discussions was outlined. This includes a Public Hearing planned for May 22, 2018. If you were unable to attend or would like to review this presentation again, it can be found below:
Lexington Public Schools - Monday Staff Meeting - March 5, 2018
On Monday, March 5, 2018, Dr. Judith Owens provided two presentations to staff on the science behind later school start times. If you were unable to attend or would like to review these presentations again, they can be found below:
Lexington School Committee Updates and Presentations
Information that has been shared with the Lexington School Committee at various meetings throughout the process can be found here:
Current Status of Middlesex League School Start Times
A number of districts in Massachusetts, particularly in the Middlesex League, are discussing and changing school start times. A current listing of information we have pertaining to the Middlesex League can be seen here.
Lexington's Community Forum on School Start Times
On November 15, 2017, Lexington hosted a Community Forum at Battin Hall in collaboration with Dr. Judith Owens. The full presentation shared that evening can be found here:
Lexington to host Judith Owens at Community Forum
Lexington Public Schools will be hosting a community forum on November 15th at 7:00pm in Battin Hall. The School Start Times Task Force and Lexington Public Schools Administration will host Judith Owens at a community forum engaging in a discussion on school start times. Judith Owens is a sleep expert and Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. At this community forum, Dr. Owens will engage the community in a discussion around the myths and misconceptions surrounding school start times and sleep patterns for students.
School Start Times Feedback
Lexington Public Schools administration is engaging the community this fall in many ways to gather feedback and have a discussion surrounding school start times. This will include directed surveys of impacted stakeholders, a community forum in November, and open/on-going feedback through Lexington Listens. Please be sure to actively participate in this process so that your view and feedback can be understood.
Lexington's School Start Times Task Force
In the spring of 2017, the Superintendent formed a School Start Times Task Force. This Task Force included both internal and external stakeholders throughout the District and community. This group was tasked with the following goal:
Research, identify priorities, and evaluate all considerations to determine if a recommendation should be made to the Superintendent to consider changes to start/end times at the high school, middle school, and/or elementary school levels.
Research surrounding school start times continues to be published. While some of this research conflicts, there is a large amount of research indicating that a later high school start time would be beneficial to students social/emothional wellness and overall performance in school. As discussed below, the Middlesex League of Superintendents signed a letter pledging to examine start times at the high school between 8:00a-8:30a. As a result, Lexington is examining start times at all levels to determine if adjustments may be recommended at any of those levels.
News Articles, Research & Helpful Information
In March 2016, Superintendents belonging to the Middlesex League of Superintendents released a joint statement regarding their intention to look at school start times for high school students. There is a great deal of research on the topic of school start times. However, with any changes to school start times, there are a number of logistical and philosophical conversations that need to take place throughout the community collectively. These conversations will start at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and into the 2017-2018 school year to determine if any changes will be implemented at Lexington Public Schools.
In order to complete this work, a School Start Times Task Force was created to review research conducted, discuss logistical considerations throughout the district, gather feedback from community stakeholders to determine if a change in school start times should be recommended to the School Committee. The work of this Task Force includes evaluating start times for schools at all levels, not just the high school level.
This letter can be found here.