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New school start and end times approved for implementation this fall

Change aligns with research showing support of adolescent wellness

March 19, 2018 -- 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.

According to Superintendent John Schultz, the proposed recommendation was the option that best served “the overall health, academic and developmental needs of the majority of students of the school district. We are also aware that no transportation schedule will meet the needs of every family, but strongly believe the one proposed is the best option for our school district.“

The decision comes after nearly 18 months of study, including extensive research, numerous community conversations and listening sessions, and multiple school board discussions and deliberations. The School Board voted 5-2 to approve administration’s recommendation, which was developed in collaboration with the School Board during the second phase of the district’s School Start/End Times Study. After approving the proposal, the School Board then voted 6-1 for the change to take effect this fall, affirming administration’s plan to address implementation questions and adjustments in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

“Administration has laid out the implementation tasks and processes and we stand ready to make this plan work for this fall,” Schultz said. “We know that there are things that may arise that will cause us to think differently. It is my job to keep you informed on those adjustments and plans between now and September.”

2018-19 School Times

The Board’s action moves five elementary schools (Concord, Cornelia, Countryside, Creek Valley and Highlands) to the early tier, with South View and Valley View middle schools moving to the third tier. Edina High School (EHS) and Normandale Elementary, in addition to Our Lady of Grace which is transported with Normandale, will remain in the middle tier.

Start/End Times
School Grades Start Time End Time
Tier 1
Concord K-5 7:50 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
Creek Valley K-5 7:50 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
Cornelia K-5 7:50 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
Highlands K-5 7:50 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
Countryside K-5 7:50 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
Tier 2
High School 9-12 8:30 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
Normandale K-5 8:40 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
OLG K-8 8:35 a.m. 3:20 p.m.
Tier 3
Valley View 6-8 9:20 a.m. 4:05 p.m.
South View 6-8 9:20 a.m. 4:05 p.m.

Next Steps

With the decision of what the school start/end times will be and when it will be implemented, the district now moves to specific implementation planning to address impacts and adjustments necessary to accommodate the change. Such adjustments will include changes to before and after school care, activities and programs, as well as some changes that may need to occur with middle school and high school athletics and activities.

“We have already begun planning for these modifications and now with the Board’s decision, we will quickly move to the implementation stage,” said Schultz. “We will be communicating with impacted students, staff and families over the course of the next several weeks and months in an effort to ensure a smooth transition in September 2018.”

Read more about the School Start / End Time Study (Phase 2).