School Start Time Committee

Purpose

Establish a Community Advisory Committee, that is representative of stakeholders impacted by school start times, to research the potential benefits and feasibility of adjusting school start times for the Hudson School District. Consideration of any recommendation would be for no earlier than 2021-2022 school year.


Level of Community Engagement: Involve

  • Public participation goal: To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.
  • Promise to the public: We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

Engagement Core Values

  • Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.
  • Public participation includes the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision.
  • Public participation promotes sustainable decisions by recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants, including decision makers.
  • Public participation seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision.
  • Public participation provides participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.
  • Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.

Source: International Association for Public Participation, www.iap2.org


Committee Charge:

  1. Review school start time research and the impact on student achievement and well-being.
  2. Review the experience of other school districts that have adopted or explored later start times, including successes and challenges.
  3. Identify the potential operational and budgetary impact, including transportation.
  4. Identify the potential impact on extra-curricular and community activities.
  5. Identify the potential impact on families and/or households.
  6. Identify outreach strategies to gather input from stakeholder groups.
  7. Submit findings to the Board of Education

Guiding Principles:

  • Our priority is to ensure that all children achieve at their highest level.
  • We want to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of students.
  • Board policy seeks to limit the amount of time a child is on the bus one-way to one hour or less.
  • We recognize that changes in start time is one part of supporting a child’s school success; other parts may include but are not limited to the number of activities a child participates in, amount of homework a child may have, the child’s general routine outside the school day. 
  • We want to continue to encourage student participation in extracurricular activities.
  • We want to avoid dismissing students and staff early in order to participate in activities. 
  • Recommendation(s) will be grounded in best practice. 

Requirements:

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions requires a minimum of student instruction to 437 hours for 4K; 1,050 hours for grades K-6; 1,137 hours for grades 7-12.
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions requires public schools to provide transportation for its students free of charge.
  • Hudson Board of Education student transportation policy requires bus service be provided to students living over 2 miles (9-12) or 1 mile (K-8) from their assigned school; provided there are no unusual hazards along their walking route (ie, county highways, state roads or heavily traveled roads without designated walking paths). 
  • Hudson Board of Education student transportation policy makes every effort to limit the total amount of time a child is on the bus to 2 hours each day (am and pm combined).