Chesterfield County School Board asking for public input on school start times

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The Chesterfield County School Board is seeking public engagement about changes to the school starting times that would align with medically suggested best practices and provide students with optimal learning experiences. The School Board will hold four community meetings to discuss the proposed changes, and they are inviting the community to participate in an online survey to seek input on options for changing school starting times.

All of the following community meetings will start at 7 p.m. in the respective school’s auditorium:

  • Oct. 24 at Swift Creek Middle School for residents living in the Clover Hill and Midlothian magisterial districts, as well as in the western part of the Matoaca District
  • Nov. 1 at Matoaca High School for residents living in the eastern and southern parts of the Matoaca District
  • Nov. 2 at Thomas Dale High School for residents living in the Bermuda District
  • Nov. 10 at Bird High School for residents living in the Dale District

Residents may access the online survey at http://bit.ly/CCPSschoolstarttimesurvey. Feedback can also be emailed to startingtimes@ccpsnet.net.

The following are the proposed starting time changes:

 First Group
8 a.m. –2:30 p.m.
Second Group
8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Third Group
9:30 a.m.–-4p.m.
Buses NeededYear 1 Cost
(Millions)
Annual Operating
Expense (Millions)
Potential
Option 1
All HS
MS (Group 1)
MS (Group 2)
ES (Group 1)
ES (Group 2)107$14.3M$5.2M
Potential
Option 2
ES (Group 1)ES (Group 2)
MS (Group 1)
All HS
MS (Group 2)
134$17.9M$6.5M
Potential
Option 3
ES (Group 1)All HS
ES (Group 2)
All MS144$19.3M$7M

After the school division engages with the community on this topic, Superintendent James Lane will make a formal recommendation to the School Board during the upcoming budget cycle in January 2017. No permanent changes would go into effect until the 2018-19 school year at the earliest.

More information is available at http://mychesterfieldschools.com/school-starting-times/.