• Start/End Times

School Start/End Time Recommendation

  • Administrative Recommendation

    District administration recognizes that no school start/end time will be satisfactory to all students, staff or families. Nonetheless, administration believes that the recommendation best addresses the key considerations and criteria prioritized by the task force and aligns with the parameters requested by the School Board in its charge and parameters.

    * School Start/End Times Administrative Recommendation (Full Report with Appendix)

    * School Board Meeting Discussion of Administrative Recommendation (12/12/16)

      



    Decision Making Criteria

    1. Student learning and wellness – In assessing any strategic change, the number one priority for district consideration is the impact of the change on student learning and wellness. To achieve this priority, the task force and administration evaluated a variety of data, including sleep and brain research, personalized learning needs, and student safety. In addition, while Edina Public Schools encourages innovation and has a history of leading the way in public education, it must make such decisions only after careful consideration of best practice, data and assessment. To make a change with significant impact on students and families must not be made lightly or without careful research and evaluation. The district grounded its recommendation in applicable literature regarding the developmental needs of learners throughout their journey in Edina Public Schools, with a focus on the totality of a students’ educational career.

    2. Family Impact – Recognizing a critical component of student success is the district’s partnership with families, it was important for administration to assess the impact of a school start/end time on home and work schedules. As no one option will impact all families in the same way, administration looked and continues to investigate options for mitigating the impact of time changes and looks forward to continued dialogue with families on how to address concerns.  

    3. Operational Sustainability – With an understanding of the district’s financial history and its commitment to fiscal stewardship, along with the Board’s charge to “not exceed available funding limits through bus fleet and/or staffing model requirements,” administration evaluated the short- and long-term costs for all options. While some options could better meet student and family needs, the district has limited resources and must balance many competing demands for funds across its operations. As such, the criterion for operational sustainability was a strong consideration in an effort to ensure resources are available for other teaching and learning needs.  

    4. Equity between Schools – The need to provide opportunity for consistent services and programs between sites is desired and needed. Doing so helps minimize the inequities some students, staff and families feel when it appears one school is receiving preferential treatment or opportunities are not accessible to all stakeholders. While no system will provide equality, the district is committed to seeing equitable opportunity and access for all students and families.

    5. Extra-curricular Activities - As with family impact, the district appreciates and values the many opportunities for student engagement and learning outside the school day. Whether through district-sponsored extra-curricular activities, or with family and community based activities, there is tremendous value for students to participate and be involved in experiences that allow them to follow their passions, develop healthy habits and become well-rounded individuals. Thus, administration evaluated the various school time options with an understanding of possible impact or impediment to student involvement in extra-curricular activities. While the primary criteria remains student learning and engagement, the district is committed to working with sponsoring organizations to ensuring students have continued opportunity and access to participate in these valuable developmental experiences.

           


    Recommendation

    On Dec. 12, 2016, after careful consideration of the work of the task force, the insight gained from the ThoughtExchange community engagement process, additional data from comparison districts, and extensive review of the benefits, challenges and costs of various scenarios and options, administration recommended to the School Board school start/end times for the 2017-18 school year. 

Administrative Recommendation for revised 2017-18 School Start/End Times