Chesterfield County School Board to hold four community meetings about school start times

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The Chesterfield County School Board will hold four community meetings to engage residents on proposals about changes to school starting times that would align with medically suggested best practices and provide students with optimal learning experiences.

All of the following 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

School division staff members and School Board representatives will discuss the following proposed starting time changes, along with the possibility of putting afterschool programs at the elementary school level to provide support for parents who need assistance with helping students:

 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
Annual Operating
Expense (Millions)
Option 1
All HS
MS (Group 1)
MS (Group 2)
ES (Group 1)
ES (Group 2)107$14.3M$5.2M
Option 2
ES (Group 1)ES (Group 2)
MS (Group 1)
All HS
MS (Group 2)
Option 3
ES (Group 1)All HS
ES (Group 2)
All MS144$19.3M$7M

Residents unable to attend these meetings may submit feedback via email to

The school division will release an electronic survey about school starting times next week.

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