Committee Charge:

  1. Review school start time research and the impact on student achievement and well-being.
  2. Review the experience of other school districts that have adopted or explored later start times, including successes and challenges.
  3. Identify the potential operational and budgetary impact, including transportation.
  4. Identify the potential impact on extra-curricular and community activities.
  5. Identify the potential impact on families and/or households.
  6. Identify outreach strategies to gather input from stakeholder groups.
  7. Submit findings to the Board of Education

Guiding Principles:

  • Our priority is to ensure that all children achieve at their highest level.
  • We want to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of students.
  • Board policy seeks to limit the amount of time a child is on the bus one-way to one hour or less.
  • We recognize that changes in start time is one part of supporting a child’s school success; other parts may include but are not limited to the number of activities a child participates in, amount of homework a child may have, the child’s general routine outside the school day. 
  • We want to continue to encourage student participation in extracurricular activities.
  • We want to avoid dismissing students and staff early in order to participate in activities. 
  • Recommendation(s) will be grounded in best practice. 

Requirements:

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions requires a minimum of student instruction to 437 hours for 4K; 1,050 hours for grades K-6; 1,137 hours for grades 7-12.
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions requires public schools to provide transportation for its students free of charge.
  • Hudson Board of Education student transportation policy requires bus service be provided to students living over 2 miles (9-12) or 1 mile (K-8) from their assigned school; provided there are no unusual hazards along their walking route (ie, county highways, state roads or heavily traveled roads without designated walking paths). 
  • Hudson Board of Education student transportation policy makes every effort to limit the total amount of time a child is on the bus to 2 hours each day (am and pm combined).