Start Times

NEW: 2019-2020 Start Times Approved
The Affton School District Board of Education unanimously approved new school start times effective for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year at the regular February 5th board meeting. The following new school start times were approved by the Board:

2019-2020 Start Times

Click here to read more from Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent.

Looking at New Start Times

Affton School District began looking into the possibility of changing starting and dismissal times at each of its schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This is based on feedback gathered from community engagements, focus groups, and surveys - including two Thoughtexchange opportunities earlier this school year.

What Does the Affton Community Say?

Start Time Options Survey (November 2018)

Thoughtexchange: Later Start Times (October-November 2018)

Thoughtexchange: Strengths & Opportunities for Improvement (September 2018)

Family Survey Series: Perception (May 2018)

Parent/Staff/Student Focus Groups (February 2017)

2016-2017 Parent Survey (November 2016)

2014-2015 Start Times Survey (April 2014)

What Does the Research Say?

A substantial body of research shows that later start times in schools are shown to have the greatest benefit for middle and high school students. Adolescents who start one hour later tend to have fewer absences and some improved academic performance. Learn more:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Sleep Foundation

American Medical Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

Documents & Presentations

Board of Education Recommendation (Dec. 18, 2018)

Community Forums: Later Start Times (Nov. 26 & 29, 2018)

Board of Education Presentation (Nov. 13, 2018)

Start Time Parameters & Rationale (November 2018)

Comparison of Area School Start Times

Frequently Asked Questions


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