Sample School Start and Dismissal Time Policy

I. PURPOSE

This policy communicates the expectations regarding school start and dismissal times.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A. The School Board will establish and/or modify school start and dismissal times in a manner that best meets students’ learning needs, allows for efficient and effective transportation and other operations, and gives appropriate consideration to the needs of families, the larger community and the school district staff. The school board shall consider the unique developmental needs of students, the research related to student academic achievement and sleep time requirements/recommendations, the general health and well-being of students, and the financial, logistical, and operational considerations when establishing or modifying school start and dismissal times. The School Board also expects that there will be as much year-to-year stability in school start and dismissal times as circumstances permit.

B. The superintendent will review school start and dismissal times as necessary and, if the review substantiates such, will recommend modifications to the established school start and dismissal times.

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