Since September, the CCISD School Start Time Committee has been considering changing school start times. In CCISD, elementary schools start at 7:55 a.m., intermediate schools start at 8:40 a.m., and high schools start at 7:10 a.m. Modern research shows high school students benefit from starting school as late as 8:30 a.m., officials have said.
The district over the last few weeks released a survey to gauge the community’s thoughts on changing start times. District officials unveiled survey results at a committee meeting Oct. 29.
After considering the survey results, the committee did not come to a consensus on what school start times should be recommended to the board.
Of the 2,255 high school families that took the survey, 50.38% want the high school start time to change. Of that portion, 98% want the start time later. About 40.58% of high school families do not want the high school start time to change, and 9.05% do not know, according to survey data.
Of all district families, including those of elementary and intermediate students, only 41.09% want school start times to change. Another 45.16% do not want the time to change, and 13.75% do not know, according to survey results.
District employees desire even less for school start times to change. About 33.55% want to change start times, 45.34% do not and 21.11% do not know, according to the results.
On Oct. 22, the committee unveiled it was considering two recommendations: keeping school start times the same and a model that would, among other changes, push the high school start time back 20 minutes to 7:30 a.m. Over a dozen residents spoke, all in favor of later start times for high schoolers.
On Oct. 29, seven members voted in favor of starting high school at 8:30 a.m., eight voted for starting at 7:30 a.m., and 11 voted in favor of keeping start times the same. All the information and opinions the committee gathered will be presented in a report to the CCISD board of trustees Nov. 11. The board will consider and possibly vote on changing start times at its Nov. 18 meeting.