Jeffco schools to study pushing back start times
Jeffco Public Schools will convene a study group this spring to look at whether high school students should start school later in the mornings.
“People started raising it to me when I started doing the listening tour as something they were interested in,” said Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass. “We’re going to study it.”
Glass said plans call for a task force to meet about eight times over more than a year to come up with recommendations on whether the district should change high school start times, and if so, if it should be district-wide or only in some schools.
The group would need to consider the potential ripple effects of later high school start times, including needing to change transportation, possible costs to the district and the impact it could have on students’ opportunities for work, sports or other afterschool activities.
The Cherry Creek and Greeley-Evans school districts moved their high school start times later in the morning this fall. Research has shown that teenagers need more sleep. It’s that research that Glass said many people cited when telling him that high school classes shouldn’t start so early. Chalkbeat Colorado is a nonprofit news organization covering education issues. For more, visit chalkbeat.org/co.