Hren seeks parents’ input on possible school start time change

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:

  1. Busing times to and from school for all district schools
  2. Impact to extracurricular activities and sports practices
  3. Impact to game times
  4. Impact to childcare (siblings that take care of younger siblings, etc.)
  5. 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 protected]

Thank you for your input,

– Dr. Stephen Hren

GCHS Principal