School Start Times Initiative
Dear Pine-Richland Families:On February 11th, 2019, the Pine-Richland School Board approved the administrative recommendation to adjust school start times beginning in the 2019 – 2020 school year. This topic has been studied since the fall of 2017 with a number of podcasts and communications shared in the last four months. Grounded in literature related to wellness, sleep, and adolescents, this change is designed to provide a benefit to middle school and high school students while also minimizing the impact on primary school students and families. The feedback provided over the past few months – positive and critical – by stakeholders led to additional refinements and efficiencies in the structure.
The shift in start times are as follows:
High/Middle School: 7:20 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Eden Hall Upper: 8:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.
Primary (HE, RE & WE): 9:15 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Over the next few months, the district will address a variety of transition details that include additional updates for students, staff, parents, community, and local private/parochial schools. The most recent podcast on this topic is available via this link.
Also, please visit our FAQ response document. All of these resources were shared with an intentional approach to help provide clear and consistent communication around the topic to our families.
Dr. Michael Pasquinelli, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education & Curriculum
Dr. Kristen Silbaugh, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education & Curriculum