Administrative Recommendation


  • The administrative recommendation as shared at the Feb. 26, 2018 regular School Board meeting. View the full report. View the Board meeting discussion.

    Background

    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. The proposed recommended schedule is below:



  • Elementary Opportunities and Challenges

    Opportunities

    • Buses will be on time
    • Bigger literacy blocks in morning
    • Fresh in morning
    • Research-based
    • Matches recommendation of the task force
    • Still energized at the end of the day (students)
    • Late buses will get kids home before dark
    • Hopefully reduces the congestion with parent pick-up
    • Reduces cost of childcare for parents
    • Cood compromise
    • Not disturbing High School schedule
    • Elementary teachers may coach
    • Schedule is norm in the metro area

    Challenges

    • Darker morning bus stops
    • Activities may be challenging for Middle School schedule
    • Lose High School students to help with homework help
    • Larger after-school Kids Club program
    • It's another change
    • Start time may be a challenge for some students with special needs
    • Middle School teachers may be limited to coach
    • Success Center will have to change
  • Secondary Opportunities and Challenges

    Opportunities

    • No issues for High School
    • Better for Middle School learners (i.e. sleep cycle)
    • May assist with traffic at High School and Valley View Middle School (bigger separation for dismissal time)
    • Middle School morning activities might be able to expand
    • May add 5 instruction minutes into the day for Middle School

    Challenges

    • Middle School kids getting released earlier if they participate in sports activities at the High School (i.e. cross country, running, skiing, track, swimming)
    • Supervision challenge
    • Middle school staff may not view this positively for their personal lives. Personal comfort and safety will be raised as issues
    • Early drop-off protocols for Middle School kids (i.e. Middle School kids getting dropped off now at 6:30 a.m.)