Start Times

Start Times: What We Heard From YouLooking at New Start Times

Affton School District is looking into the possibility of changing starting and dismissal times at each of its schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This is based on feedback gathered from community engagements, focus groups, and surveys - including two Thoughtexchange opportunities earlier this school year.

Join us at one of two Community Forums around Later School Start Times:

Monday, November 26 at 6:30pm
Gotsch Intermediate School Gym

Thursday, November 29 at 6:30pm
Rogers Middle School Cafeteria

Additional information and opportunities for online feedback will be available soon.

What Does the Affton Community Say?

Thoughtexchange: Later Start Times (October-November 2018)

Thoughtexchange: Strengths & Opportunities for Improvement (September 2018)

Family Survey Series: Perception (May 2018)

Parent/Staff/Student Focus Groups (February 2017)

2016-2017 Parent Survey (November 2016)

2014-2015 Start Times Survey (April 2014)

What Does the Research Say?

A substantial body of research shows that later start times in schools are shown to have the greatest benefit for middle and high school students. Adolescents who start one hour later tend to have fewer absences and some improved academic performance. Learn more:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Sleep Foundation

American Medical Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

Documents & Presentations

Board of Education Presentation (Nov. 13, 2018)

Comparison of Area School Start Times

Frequently Asked Questions  (coming soon)


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