Dear Parents or Guardians of Grand County High School Students:
The purpose of this correspondence is to get feedback from you regarding the potential to move the start time of the high school day from the 7:45 a.m. current start time to an 8:30 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. start time.
Current research is beginning to show that a later start time, specifically for high school age adolescents, can have a positive impact on school performance. A recent study in Seattle confirmed this in a local area high school. See the study in this link: http://advances.scicmang.org/content/4/12/aau6200.abstract.
However, there are several mitigating factors that would need to be addressed prior to making a decision to move to a later start time. Factors to consider include but are not limited to:
- Busing times to and from school for all district schools
- Impact to extracurricular activities and sports practices
- Impact to game times
- Impact to childcare (siblings that take care of younger siblings, etc.)
- Parent/guardian work schedules
At this time, I am asking for feedback from parents/guardians regarding the potential to move to a later start time at the high school. Please email me your thoughts and/or concerns or share on our district Facebook pages. We are only in the beginning information collection phase at this time. My e-mail is: email@example.com.
Thank you for your input,
– Dr. Stephen Hren