School Start Times Update Regarding Next Fall
As part of the Strategic Plan, the District launched a School Start Time Advisory Committee (SSTAC) in the fall of 2017 to study the potential benefits of starting high school at a later time, and the feasibility of adjusting start times for Snoqualmie Valley schools.
Over the course of the school year, the committee of teachers, parents, and administrators have met several times to research the multitude of issues related to potential changes. Due to transportation constraints, it is important to note that any changes to high school start and end times would require adjustments to middle and elementary start and end times.
With the support of Hanover Research, the committee conducted two surveys this year to solicit feedback from stakeholders about potential start time options. Recently, the committee reviewed the preliminary results of the second Start Time survey, which was conducted in April. Similar to the results of the first survey, conducted in December, over 2,000 respondents participated. Consequently, neither survey revealed overwhelming support for any particular start time option. The committee is currently awaiting the final report from Hanover Research, due by June, which will include a more detailed analysis broken down by demographic groups.
In addition to very mixed results with no clear consensus from stakeholders, there continues to be concerns that transportation routing constraints limit the development of start time options that align with research to better meet the needs of all students.
Therefore, the committee unanimously voted at their last meeting to make “no change” to school start times for the 2018-19 school year. They also agreed to reconvene next fall to review the final Hanover report and determine whether it might be possible to develop more favorable start time options after the District returns to three middle schools in the fall of 2019.
Depending on the committee’s discussions, further recommendations may or may not be forthcoming for the 2019-20 school year. If new options surface that the committee thinks are viable, the committee would seek additional stakeholder feedback. In the meantime, there will be no changes to start times for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.
Updates on School Start Times committee work have been posted online throughout the year.