St. Paul Schools Weigh Later High School Start

Updated: 08/11/2014 11:23 AM
Created: 08/11/2014 7:25 AM

The St. Paul Public Schools administrators are taking a serious look at starting high school later in the morning.          

The school district has weighed nearly a dozen start-time scenarios and narrowed that down to two for further study and input.          

Most high schools and middle schools in St. Paul start at 7:30 a.m. Elementary students arrive at 8:30 or 9:30 a.m.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says recent research, including a University of Minnesota study, shows a later start improves attendance, grades and test scores for high school students and lowers incidents of depression.          

Minneapolis and Edina schools were early participants in the later start times.

The community is invited to weigh in on the topic during a community meeting. It takes places from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the district’s building on Colborne Street.

See the study here.

Find information on how this would affect bus schedules and school activities here.

See the two-page outline on the proposal here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.          

Photo: AP/Charles Dharapak, File

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