Later Start Update from CLO

May 2, 2019

Dear Parents,

At last night’s board meeting, the co-chairs of our TTUSD Committee to Consider Later Starts for Secondary Schools gave a presentation to the board which included a recap of the work the committee completed, results of their survey, and the committee’s comprehensive evaluation of the information shared.

As a reminder, the TTUSD Committee to Consider Later Starts for Secondary Schools was formed in late December of 2018 and consisted of 26 stakeholders. The stakeholders include parents, students, teachers, community members, a DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee) representative, and administrators, all of whom represent a variety of viewpoints. This balanced committee was tasked with evaluating the potential of changing school start times and to ultimately make a recommendation to the board.

Part of their work included surveying parents, middle and high school students, and staff. Thanks to all of you who participated in the surveys. We received over 2,500 responses were received (1,118 parents responded, 1,189 middle and high school students responded, and 248 of our staff responded).

In summary, they found that while many supported a change in school schedules, the responses were extremely divided. After careful evaluation of the benefits and impacts identified for students and families, the committee felt that the magnitude of the negative impacts were far too significant. Their recommendation to the board was that no changes to the bell schedules be made at this time.

The majority of the respondents felt that sleep was a concern for adolescents and we willl look at alternative strategies to address sleep concerns to support parents, including what can be done at home to increase the amount of sleep our adolescents get.

Following the presentation and board discussion, the board approved the committee’s recommendation and thanked the committee members and the co-chairs for all their time, energy, and hard work in their evaluation process.

I am very grateful as well for all of the work the committee did on behalf of our district! Thank you for serving on the committee.

Click here to view the committee’s presentation to the board which includes a good recap of their work and findings.


Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer