School Start &

Dismissal Times

Phase I--Task Force: February 2014-October 2014
Phase II--New Work: January 2015-December 2015
Phase III--Community Involvement: January 2016-February 2016
Phase IV--Board Requested Options: March 2016-Present

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Dr. Arlotto's Proposed Model
BOE-Requested Potential Start & Dismissal Time Options (April 2016)
Superintendent's Model for 2017 Start Times (December 2015)
Superintendent's Tentative Proposed Start & Dismissal Times by School
Stakeholder Meetings
Start & Dismissal Times Formal Survey--February 2016 Results
Task Force Conclusions
School Start & Dismissal Times Task Force Study: Execuitve Summary
Task Force Start Time Options with Cost Estimates
Task Force Start Time Stakeholder Survey
Task Force Beliefs

Considerations
Health
After-School Activities & Sports
Before & After-School Care
Transportation
Definition of Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Events


Input

Timeline of Events

April 20, 2016: Dr. Arlotto presented the Board with three potential options to shift school start and dismissal times using money already allocated to the school system or requested for such an initiative. Two of the options would spend slightly more than the $602,000 already allocated by the County Council, while the third would spend approximately $1.4 million. All three options would leave at least six schools dismissing after 4:00 p.m. The potential options were presented to the Board for its information only, and the Board took no vote on the options. Click here to see these options. 

February 17, 2016: the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County (BOE) discussed the Superintendent's Recommended Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget, which included Superintendent George Arlotto’s proposed start and dismissal time model (December 2015). Ultimately, the Board voted to remove the recommended $8.1 million dollars allocated to change school start & dismissal times. The Board then voted to add $1.4 million for a possible change to start times back into the budget. The Board then asked Dr. Arlotto to present additional School Start & Dismissal Time options for the 2017-2018 school year at the BOE meeting on April 20, 2016.

February 2, 4, & 8, 2016: Anne Arundel County Public Schools community forums on Superintendent George Arlotto's proposed start and dismissal time model (December 2015). A formal survey regarding the Superintdent's proposed model  was available from February 8 through February 14.

January 12, 2016: Superintendent George Arlotto announced that Anne Arundel County Public Schools will hold four community forums in late January and early February to provide information and solicit feedback regarding a proposal to shift school start and dismissal times--pending full funding and broad community support--beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Click here for a list of community forums.

December 16, 2015: Superintendent George Arlotto included $8.1 million in his recommended Fiscal Year 2017 budget to accomplish an across-the-county shift in school start and dismissal times beginning in August 2017.  In this plan, high schools are proposed to have a daily start time of 8:30 a.m. and a dismissal time of 3:18 p.m., middle schools would begin no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and end no later than 4:15 p.m., and elementary schools would begin between 7:50 and 9:15 a.m. and end between 2:15 and 3:40 p.m. (Click here for a list of tentative start and dismissal times by school).

June 17, 2015: the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County (BOE) voted to allocate $600,000 “to shift current school hours no later than the start of the 2016-2017 school year.”  Click here to watch the video of the June 17, 2015, BOE meeting. (Jump to Agenda item 4.01 for this specific discussion). (For minutes of this meeting, click here).

June 12, 2015: the Anne Arundel County Council passed the AACPS budget and included $600,000 for AACPS to address the issue of changing school start times. Click here to watch the video of the June 15, 2015, Anne Arundel County Council meeting where this action occurred.

February 18, 2015: the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County Board of Education (BOE) – in the adoption of its FY2016 budget request – included $600,000 for the purpose of changing school start times.  Click here to link to watch the video of the February 18, 2015, BOE meeting where this action occurred. (Jump to Agenda item 4.01 for this specific discussion).  (For minutes of this meeting, click here).

February 2, 2015: the Anne Arundel County Council passed a resolution encouraging the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and the Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools to establish safe and healthy school hours for all students. Click here to watch the video of this discussion from the Anne Arundel County Council Meeting on February 2, 2015, Anne Arundel County Council where this action occurred.

December 10, 2014: Superintendent George Arlotto included $750,000 in his recommended Fiscal Year 2016 budget to purchase transportation software and hire a transportation specialist to examine what efficiencies could be gained in student transportation across the school system.  Click here to link to watch the video of the December 10, 2014, BOE meeting where this action occurred. (For minutes of this meeting, click here).

The Charge from the Superintendent

Phase I: The Superintendent's Charge to the Task Force

 On February 19, 2014, former Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins announced the formation of a 15-person task force to thoroughly examine school start times within Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The task force was charged with researching and developing options regarding school start times at all levels, taking into consideration the work previously conducted within AACPS and by other districts of comparable size as well as relevant medical, social, and behavioral research regarding students and school performance. Mrs. Perkins also directed the task force to carefully review the financial and non-financial implications of altering school start and end times and provide a report to the Board of Education in September, 2014. Dr. George Arlotto, hired as the new Superintendent of Schools in July 2014, continues to support the charge given to the Task Force by his predecessor. Click here to read the complete Press Release.

Driving Beliefs

The Start Times Task Force believes: 

  1. Adolescents will be better students if they are healthier; part of health is getting an appropriate amount of sleep.
  2. Starting high schools later than 7:17 AM will allow adolescents to get more sleep each night.
  3. Children need both curricular and co-curricular activities in their lives.
  4. Students should not be walking to or from school/bus stops in the dark during the morning or afternoon.
  5. Providing school start times that align with a family's schedule, when possible, minimizes the time students are unsupervised, before and after school, and maximizes time for family engagement.



Task Force Meetings
Meeting Agendas & Minutes

School Start Time Phase I Resources
AACPS References and Resources
Students & Sleep: Needs & Impacts
Local and National School Districts: Studies of High School Start Times
Before and After-School Child Care
Before and After-School Clubs & Extracurricular Activities
Maryland Legislation


Start and Dismissal Time Phase II Resources
Students & Sleep: Health-related Research
Twilight Hours
Local and National School Districts: Recent Studies of High School Start Times
Academic Effect of Later School Start Times

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