2018-19 School Start End Times Study (Phase 2)


  • Noting that the current schedule was implemented as a one-year option to allow for further study, the School Board directed Superintendent Schultz to develop a study process in which schedules for 2018-19 and beyond could be reviewed and approved.

    The second phase of the School Start/End Times Study began earlier this fall with a review of the 2016-17 study and an updated transportation efficiency study to assess current operations and updated ridership data given the changes in start/end times and new grade configurations.

    Recognizing that no start/end time schedule will meet the needs of all students and families, the Edina School Board and district leadership are committed to finding the solution that best meets the needs of students, builds on data and research on the effects of sleep and school times on children, and aligns with current district resources.


  • Administrative Recommendation

    The administrative recommendation as shared at the Feb. 26, 2018 regular School Board meeting.

    After multiple discussions by the Edina School Board, a year of study, community discussion, and Board deliberation, the Edina Public Schools administration is recommending that the elementary and middle school start times be flipped. Research supports that middle school students’ engagement and health will be better served if they start school later. In addition, although there is limited research, the consensus within the district is that elementary students will benefit from an earlier start time. See the proposed recommended schedule.


  • About the Study

    • WHAT - Phase Two of the School Start/End Times Study to advance further study and decide on schedule for 2018-19 and beyond
    • WHO - While facilitated by the School Board and Superintendent Schultz, Phase Two of the School Start/End Times Study will consider the impact of schedules on all stakeholders including families and staff, but most importantly will focus on the needs of students and their learning and engagement.
    • WHY - The outcome of the 2016-17 study ended with a one-year solution with agreement on further study. A change from the previous schedule was needed to implement the shift of ninth grade to the high school, which limited the district’s ability to maintain the previous schedule without significant increase in cost. 
    • HOW - The School Board and Superintendent Schultz will develop a process that allows for stakeholder input and data gathering that builds off of the research and input collected in Phase One (2016-17).
    • WHEN - In order to address the one time budget enhancement for the 2017-18 schedule and to allow for ample study, the School Board is reviewing whether changes need to made for 2018-19 and beyond that align with fiscal conditions and the latest research. See the study timeline.

Study Updates

  • March 19, 2018 | New school start and end times approved for implementation this fall

    Change aligns with research showing support of adolescent wellness

    At its meeting on March 19, the Edina School Board approved new school start and end times. The new times, which represents a swap of the current start/end times for five of the district’s elementary schools and both of its middle schools, will be implemented this fall for the 2018-19 school year.


Feb. 27, 2018 Listening Session


  • Feb. 26 | Start/End Times Report

    The Start/End Times Ad Hoc Committee of the School Board presented a report to the Board containing the administrative recommendation for school start/end times. View the full report.


Feb. 8, 2018 Listening Session




  • Nov. 27 | Public Hearing

    The Edina School Board hosted a special public hearing to collect insights from students, families and staff about the benefits and challenges of the current schedule as well as additional questions and concerns to be considered as the district evaluates future options. View a summary of listening session input.


  • Nov. 9 | Research and Process

    As the School Board continues its review of Start and End Times, this report provides another review of research on how start and end times will or will not impact a student’s experiences in school.

    Sept. 25 | Proposed Transportation Efficiency Study

    In July and September, 2017, the School Board requested a transportation efficiency study to review the new schedule and analyze other potential schedules.