Board Approves Resolution Supporting Later High School Start Times

April 16, 2019

The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education approved a resolution supporting later school start times for high school students.

Read the Board’s Resolution on Implementing Healthy High School Start Times

The resolution directs the administration to phase in later school start and dismissal times over the next three years. At this time, there has not been a decision to alter school times for the 2019-2020 school year.

Currently, the start times for CPS’s 14 high schools and Virtual High School fall into three general groupings:

7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.    
  Aiken High School 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Clark Montessori 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Dater High School 7:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
  Oyler School 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  Walnut Hills 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Western Hills 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
8 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.    
  Hughes STEM 8:35 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
  SCPA 8:26 a.m. to 2:54 p.m.
  Taft IT 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  Virtual High School 8 a.m. to 11 and 11:30-2:30 p.m.
  Withrow 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.    
  Riverview East 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  Shroder 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  Woodward 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Based on the chart above, six of the high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. The other six schools, Aiken, Clark, Dater, Oyler, Walnut Hills and Western Hills, start between 7:30 - 7:45 a.m.

CPS contracts with Metro to provide bus transportation for public, charter and parochial high school students who reside within the CPS school district. State law does not require school districts to provide transportation to high school students; CPS has a board policy providing transportation to high school students attending public, charter and parochial schools who live 1.25 miles or more from their school.

Because CPS utilizes Metro for high school bus transportation schedules are based on the availability of Metro buses. This is why many high schools start before “rush hour,” when Metro buses are in high demand.

Public Engagement

During the last two years, more than 3,000 parents, students and staff from around the district have contributed to conversations on the topic of school start times through in-person and online surveys.

Earlier this school year, the district conducted an online ThoughtExchange survey with more than 1,300 people responding, including several hundred students.

Meanwhile, in another online and in-person survey conducted at the district’s Title 1 schools by CommEN, 1,500 students and 300 students submitted their input on later start times. CommEN is conducting a final survey of CPS teachers.

CommEN surveyed 64 attendees at the November LSDMC meeting; 43 percent identified as CPS staff, 35 percent were parents, 21 percent were community members, and 2 percent were identified as another category. Of the respondents, 44 percent said they were for a later school start time, 35 percent said they were unsure and 17 percent opposed the idea.

Student Survey

Last year, CPS surveyed 519 students in grades 7-12 from across the CPS district; 73 percent of survey respondents indicated they attended a high school that started between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. 73 percent  of students surveyed said a later school start time would allow them to get more sleep; 50 percent said they wouldn’t feel so rushed in the morning, and 44 percent said a later school start time would give them more time to do their homework, either at night or in the evening.

Nearly 37 percent of students said a later school start time would impact the time they could start sports, extra-curricular activities, jobs or other responsibilities.

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