ASD Board moves forward with proposal to change school start times

Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 1:24 PM AKDT
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The Anchorage School Board voted Monday afternoon to move forward with a proposal to change school start times for the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent Deena Bishop gave her recommendation Monday to the Anchorage School Board, suggesting changing school start times for elementary, middle and high school students.

Bishop's recommendation included changing high school start times to 8:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. elementary schools to 8:45 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. and middle schools to 9:30 a.m.- 4 pm.

High schools would be starting 30 minutes later; elementary schools 15 minutes earlier, and middle schools would be an hour and 15 minutes later than the current schedule.

The recommendation differs from


During the last school year, ASD explored the costs and benefits of changing school start times.

ASD said later start times would improve performance, attendance and graduation rates for middle and high school students.

Bishop's proposal would affect after-school activities and add traffic delays as students head to school during peak times for morning traffic.

Presentations will be held in September for parents, students and community members to learn more about the change in start time option. The Anchorage School Board ASD will hear additional public testimony about the proposed change. The school board must vote on whether or not to accept Bishop's recommendation.

If accepted, the start and release time changes would go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.