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High School Start Time Working Group

District Communication and Approach

Given the belief of the Newton Public Schools and the Newton School Committee that a later high school start time has important health and wellness benefits for adolescents, the High School Start Time working group was created in September 2015.  The working group includes School Committee members Ruth Goldman and Ellen Gibson, as well as Superintendent David Fleishman, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Toby Romer, and Long-Range Planning Manager Julie Kirrane.  The school committee’s charge to the group is to define the necessary changes to make a later high school start time happen in Newton.



A Road Map to Guide Future Actions and Decisions:
The group will determine how meaningful progress can be made, formulating action steps, resources and changes into a detailed road map during the 2015-16 school year. The road map will reference cost information and other necessary resources, as well as political, policy and legal implications.  The group will support research, analysis, and the identification of options and action steps, in collaboration with local and regional stakeholders.  Over the course of the year, the group will make bi-monthly reports to the school committee on progress, and plans to share a detailed road map in late spring 2016.

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Information and Status Updates

Student data release #2 - April 11, 2016
School Committee Update - April 11, 2016
School Committee Update - March 14, 2016
Staff data release #1 - March 14, 2016
School Committee Update - January 25, 2016
Student data release #1 - January 25, 2016
School Committee Update - December 14, 2015
School Committee Update - October 26, 2015
School Committee Update - September 16, 2015 Introduction

Next Steps

Working Group Activities - April 2016 - Fall 2016
Community Status Update
May 23, 2016 6:00 p.m. 
-Public Feedback Encouraged- 

School Committee Representatives

School Committee Representatives are actively soliciting input on this issue. Please feel free to contact:

Ellen Gibson, School Committee, Ward 1

Ruth Goldman, School Committee, Ward 6

Or, email the full School Committee.

Public comment also may be sent to the working group email

Activity in the MA Legislature

Bill S.254 - An Act authorizing a study of starting times and schedules

Experiences in Other Communities

School Districts with recent or current explorations of high school start time:
The list of links is not intended to be comprehensive. 

Health and Wellness Information

There is a significant body of research in the area of adolescent sleep and the impact of later school start times on sleep. The links provided below are not meant to be comprehensive, only helpful starting places.
Current school start timesHigh School Start Time
      NNHS         NSHS
     7:50 am       7:40 am