Frequently Asked Questions
Later Start Time Trial
When does the “Later Start Time Trial for Grades 7-12” begin?
The first day of the second semester of the 2022-2023 school year. That date is January 17, 2023.
What does the district hope to accomplish as a result of having a later start time?
We hope to positively impact the well-being of our students. To measure if we are, in fact, improving their well-being, the district will monitor and compare the following data points:
Tardies to 1st hour
Average test scores in math and social studies
Family and student survey results
Is “Forum” the name of the new hybrid class that starts the second semester of this school year?
The district is holding a naming contest with students to choose the right name for this course. Regardless of its name, this course will provide students with meaningful learning experiences, and connect them with tutors and mentors.
Class periods will be shorter, which will mean less teaching time. Is that a concern?
Yes, fewer minutes of instruction is a concern. The research says, however, that students without adequate sleep have greater difficulty learning regardless of the amount of instructional time. The later start time trial will help Northview determine if our local data aligns with the national research data.
When will staff, students and families get to see the Forum (or whatever the class is named) syllabus?
The district is currently forming teams of teachers, counselors, social workers and administrators to build the course syllabus. Family and student input will be integral throughout this process. Syllabi for each grade level will be completed and shared by December 1, 2022.
My soon-to-be-freshmen cares for my elementary-aged children after school. Will this trial schedule allow this to continue?
Yes, the end times for all buildings will remain the same for the entire school year.
During the later start time trial, will my elementary student or Crossroads student ride the bus first in the morning?
During the later start time trial, students in grades 7-12 will be picked up by their bus AFTER DK-6 students, except on Wednesdays. Please see the schedule for specific times.
There are sports, clubs and other groups that meet before school begins in the morning. Will they be allowed to continue to meet before school?
Yes, the sports teams, clubs, groups and other extracurricular activities that currently meet before the school day begins will be allowed to continue doing so.
Will sports teams, clubs, groups and other extracurricular activities that don’t currently meet before the school day begins be allowed to start doing so during the later start time trial?
No. While it is possible that this could be a consideration in the future, it will not be allowed during the later start time trial period
I drop off my student at Crossroads on my way to work. I have to be at work at 8:30 am. Can I drop my student off early?
There will be supervision for students who must be dropped off earlier, but we are asking families to do their best to avoid this practice.
How does this impact teacher hours?
The duration of time from the start to the end of the day is the same for all DK-12 teachers.
What happens to Delayed Start Wednesdays?
Delayed Start Wednesdays will remain the same for DK-6 students for the entire school year. For 7-12 students, the delay on Wednesdays will end after the first semester. Beginning at the start of the second semester, 7-12 students will arrive at school earlier on Wednesdays so that they can meet in person with their Forum class.
Where do I go for information that supports a later start time for teens?
Please click the links below for research articles on the necessity of sleep for teenagers:
- Understanding adolescents’ sleep patterns and school performance: a critical appraisal.