School Start &

Dismissal Times

Phase I--Task Force: February 2014-December 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

Home Start & Dismissal Time Resources Task Force Members Start & Dismissal Community Surveys

Superintendent's Proposed Models for 2017 Start Times
Model Proposed in April 2016 (Following New BOE Request)
Model Proposed in December 2015
Task Force Conclusions
School Start & Dismissal Times Task Force Study: Execuitve Summary
Task Force Start Time Options with Cost Estimates

After-School Activities & Sports
Before & After-School Care
Definition of Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Events


NOTE:  This website represents historical information from the AACPS School Start Times Task Force (2014-2018). For current information, please visit this link

Change In AACPS Start Times for the
2017-2018 School Year

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County (BOE) approved a shift in school start and dismissal times for the 2017-2018 school year. High schools would shift by 13 minutes, changing the start time of high schools from 7:17 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. All elementary, middle, and special schools will shift by 15 minutes from their current start/dismissal times.  This option costs approximately $618,000, which was included in the FY2016 Operating Budget.  Click here for more information about this option.


The changes do not necessarily alter start and dismissal times at Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School, Monarch Academy Public Charter School, and Monarch Global Contract School. Those schools are responsible for their own transportation arrangements and therefore can establish their own start and dismissal times.

 There may be some MINOR additional tweaks to start times depending on road construction projects, etc. That is a process that plays out each year as Transportation and Facilities staff work with city, county, and state officials to address such issues. However, none of those changes will cause major shifts in start/dismissal times.

 A chart with finalized start/dismissal times for the 2017-2018 school year will be posted here when it is available; the expected timeline for posting is no later than mid-March 2017.


Timeline of Events

Phase IV: Board-Requested Options

September 21, 2016: The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County (BOE) approved a shift in school start and dismissal times for the 2017-2018 school year. The plan, approved by a 6-2 vote, calls for elementary, middle, and special schools to start 15 minutes later than the current start times (dismissal times would shift by the same amounts). Click here to read the complete press release.

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. 

Phase III: Community Involvement

January 2016-February 2016

Phase II: New Work

January 2015-December 2015

Phase I: The Task Force

February 2014-December 2014

Task Force Meetings
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Stakeholder Meetings

Start and Dismissal Time Resources
AACPS References and Resources
Academic Effect of Later School Start Times
Before and After-School Child Care
Before and After-School Clubs & Extracurricular Activities
Local and National School Districts: Recent Studies of High School Start Times
Maryland Legislation
Students & Sleep: Health-related Research
Twilight Hours

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