SPPS Considering Changing Start Times

Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva released a letter to colleagues on April 21st stating that the district is beginning a review process to determine if they should move to a later start time for the 2015-2016 school year. Citing a new study that was recently released by the University of Minnesota, the letter states “As hard as earsupt_silva_4ly mornings can be for adults, they can be even worse for teenagers. And yet for years, we have expected our high school students to conform to adult schedules and be ready to learn at 7:30 a.m. Research now shows that teenagers may benefit from later school start times with more sleep, increased school achievement and better health.”

Starting now, SPPS will begin a multifold approach of community engagement including conducting a district wide survey, having representatives from the district meet with staff of various schools, and holding public meetings and other various forums starting in the fall.

Letter from Silva

SPPS Start Time Web HQ