School Start/End Time Options Development
As part of the ongoing implementation of its Next Generation of Edina Public Schools Strategic Plan, the School Board charged administration with exploring options for school start and end times at the its school sites. With upcoming changes to middle and high school grade configurations in the fall of 2017, as well as updates to school facilities and programs district-wide, the district sought to engage stakeholders in its planning of future start/end time schedules that balance the educational needs of students with available resources.
To ensure representative voices were part of the process, the district convened a Next Generation School Start/End Times Advisory Task Force in September for the purposes of analyzing pertinent information and considering options for school start/end at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Input from the task force will inform the administration in developing draft options and a recommendation for a new school start/end time schedule to the School Board for implementation with the 2017-18 school year.
The task force, comprised of 28 students, parents, staff and community members, met from Sept. 27, 2016 through Nov. 1, 2016, to review the latest research and best practices, as well as assess current operational resources, including finance, staffing, and transportation. After prioritizing key values and considerations, the task force advanced four options for administrative consideration. All resources and meeting materials shared at the task force meetings is available on the district website.