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Revamped School Start Times Approved for 2021-22

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Based on a growing body of research on adolescent sleep patterns and the impacts to student achievement, the DTSD Board of School Directors voted at its May 26, 2020 business meeting to revamp the district’s school day starting with the 2021-2022 school year.  Consistent with a steering committee recommendation, the board adopted an 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. school day for elementary students and an 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. school day for secondary (middle school and high school) students.

The steering committee of parents, community representatives, teachers, district administrators and school board members met throughout the 2019-2020 school year in order to develop its recommendation to the DTSD School Board.  The steering committee examined impacts to matters like transportation, athletics & extra-curricular activities, food service and other district operations.

A planned spring public form on adolescent sleep and school start times was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, Dr. Amy Wolfson, who was to be our keynote speaker for the event, has graciously provided the slide deck that she would have used in her presentation that evening. Additionally, registrants for the event were asked to provide questions that could be addressed at the forum; those questions, with answers, have been compiled for review.

 


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Based on a growing body of research on adolescent sleep patterns and the impacts to student achievement and social/emotional well-being, Derry Township School District will revamp its school day starting with the 2021-2022 school year.

Based on a steering committee's recommendations, the school board has adopted an 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. school day for elementary students and an 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. school day for secondary (middle school and high school) students. 

The steering committee consisted of school board members, administrators, teachers, parents and childcare provider to help guide the review of options for new school start/stop times. The steering committee gave n specific attention to potential impacts in the areas of transportation, extra-curricular activities and before/after-school childcare.

Now that the board has approved a new daily bell schedule, the 2020-2021 school year will be spent determining the class schedule for each  building. 


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