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School start times to change for fall 2025

School start times to change for fall 2025
School start times to change for fall 2025

School board members voted unanimously on Feb. 20 to flip school start times for elementary and secondary students beginning in the 2025-2026 school year. Based on more than 20 years of research, board members anticipate the change will positively impact student achievement and improve student’s overall physical and emotional/mental health. 

While originally proposed for next fall, district leaders recommended delaying implementation of new start times to give families time to make arrangements for childcare and other logistical changes. This will also give the district time to hire more childcare staff, design a Credit for Employment program so high school students have an option to work in childcare, and develop more Youth Enrichment and Targeted Services programming after school.

The following start times will take effect for the fall of 2025: 

  • Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Middle schools: 8:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
  • High school: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • ALC and Transition: 8:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

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In Other News

Calendars approved for next two years

The district will implement a new early start, early end calendar beginning in the 2025-2026 school year, while next year's calendar will maintain the status quo.

students and bikers crossing street with crossing guard

Students are returning to classrooms this week by car, bus, bike and feet! Please be extra careful as you drive through neighborhoods or near schools and watch out for our kids.