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    One of the goals for the 2018-2019 school year is to assess the impact of potential strategies for addressing adolescent sleep needs, including the implications for school start times.

    This web page will include updates on the school start time initiative as well as presentation materials, resources and meeting dates when school start times will be discussed. There are links available on the left side of this page for additional details. Please check back often as the page will be updated as new information becomes available. Feedback on school start times may be submitted via email at starttimes@tesd.net


    February 14, 2019: School Board Education Committee to Continue Discussing Scenario to Adjust School Start Times

    The School Board Education Committee will meet on February 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Tredyffrin/Easttown Administration Offices, 940 West Valley Road, Suite 1700, in Wayne to discuss a scenario that would adjust school start times for the 2019-2020 school year. 

    Current start and end times:

    • Conestoga High School = 7:20 AM - 2:20 PM
    • Middle Schools = 7:50 AM - 2:33 PM
    • Elementary Schools = 8:45 AM - 3:20 PM

    Scenario for new school start and end times for the 2019-2020 school year to be discussed on February 14:

    • High School: 7:50 AM - 2:50 PM
    • Middle Schools: 8:27 AM - 3:10 PM
    • Elementary Schools: 9:10 AM - 3:45 PM

    Options that would provide an even later start time and change the parameters could be considered for 2020-2021 and beyond.

    The Education Committee will continue its discussion on school start time options at the February 14 meeting. No final decision will be made about changing start times at this meeting.  There are public comment periods at all public Board meetings. Parents, students or staff members may also submit feedback on school start times by email at starttimes@tesd.net.


    January 10, 2019: School Board Education Committee Discusses Scenario for Adjusting School Start Times

    During the 2016-2017 school year, the Board and administration began reviewing research regarding the science of adolescent sleep and the benefits of later school start times. In September 2018, the Board approved a goal to assess the impact of potential strategies for addressing adolescent sleep needs, including the implications for school start times. For additional resources on adolescent sleep and later school start times, visit www.tesd.net/starttimes and select “Resources” on the left side of the page.

    On Thursday, January 10, 2019, the School Board Education Committee met to discuss options for adjusting school start times. Click here for the presentation slides from the January Education Committee Meeting. The Committee began by reviewing current start times and end times at each level. The current times are listed below.

    • Conestoga High School = 7:20 AM – 2:20 PM
    • Middle Schools = 7:50 AM – 2:33 PM
    • Elementary Schools = 8:45 AM – 3:20 PM

    The Committee also reviewed assumptions to begin the school start time discussions. Changing any of these assumptions would delay the implementation of new school start times to beyond the 2019-2020 school year.

    • Maintain the current number of instructional minutes each day
    • Use a defined Start Time and Ending Time range:
      • 7:45 AM as the earliest possible starting time
      • 3:45 PM as the latest possible ending time
    • Continue to have 3 tiers for busing
    • Maintain current start time order (High School, Middle, Elementary)
    • Keep the Start Time and End Time the same by level
      • All elementary schools begin and end at the same time
      • Both middle schools begin and end at the same time

    The Committee identified one scenario that conformed to the parameters discussed at the previous Education Committee meeting and could be implemented for the 2019-2020 school year:

    • High School: 7:50 AM - 2:50 PM
    • Middle Schools: 8:27 AM - 3:10 PM
    • Elementary Schools: 9:10 AM - 3:45 PM

    Options that would provide an even later start time and change the parameters could be considered for 2020-2021 and beyond.

    No vote was taken on this school start time scenario at the January 10 meeting. The Committee will provide opportunities to gather feedback from parents, students and staff before any final decision is made.

    The Education Committee will continue its discussion on school start time options and will present questions and answers on the proposed scenario at the February 14, 2019 meeting at 7:00 pm in the Tredyffrin/Easttown Administration Offices. There are public comment periods at all public Board meetings. Parents, students or staff members may also submit feedback on school start times by email at starttimes@tesd.net. A special School Start Times website has been created and includes updates, presentation materials and meeting dates: www.tesd.net/starttimes.