School Start Time

Watertown Public Schools
Timeline of Changing School Start/Dismissal Times 
  • Winter 2015 to Spring 2016 - Wellness Committee created; met regularly to complete preliminary research and create Google surveys to gauge community feedback on the general feelings towards changing school start times

  • Late Spring 2016 - Google survey links distributed electronically to parents, guardians, students, and staff by Wellness Committee

  • May 2016 - Report of the Wellness Committee on School Start Times presented to School Committee

  • Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 - School Start Times Implementation Task Force created; met regularly to determine the best path(s) forward for Watertown Public Schools to implement new start times, including determining impacts to the School Department's budget, student busing, before- and after-school extracurricular programming and athletics, etc. 

  • June 2017 - Report of the School Start Times Implementation Task Force presented to School Committee

  • August 2017 - Flyer on Proposed School Time Options presented to School Committee and general public

  • September 2017 - Announcement of Public Forums on Start/End Times distributed electronically to parents, guardians, and staff

  • September to October 2017 - Feedback on proposed specific start time scenarios from parents, guardians, students, and staff collected via Public Forums and Google surveys

  • October 23, 2017 - Superintendent's Memo on feedback from recent forums and surveys presented to School Committee; vote taken by School Committee to approve a change in school start and dismissal times beginning in September 2018

  • October 24, 2017 Announcement of Changing School Start Times distributed electronically to the Watertown community 
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