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February 28th- Memo from Dr. Glass re: Next Steps on School Start Times Changes

Dr. Glass issued a memorandum to the Start Times Task Force Co-Chairs copying to the message the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education, Cabinet Members, Community Superintendents, Greg Jackson, executive director, Transportation and Jim Thyfault, executive director, Athletics and Activities. A copy of this memo was also distributed to Principals.

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February 7th- Board of Education Study Session- Task Force Recommendations Presentation

Task Force co-chairs Laura Johnson and Katie Winner presented the work and final recommendations of the Start Time Task Force to the BOE on February 7th. Pamela Gould was out of town but she was there in spirit! The full presentation and final recommendations are here on Board Docs, the official BOE site. You can also view the recorded video livestream here or read this Colorado Community Media news article about the meeting.

The BOE typically hears first-time proposals/recommendations in these study sessions and there is no vote. They often ask lots of questions, and typically request additional information from the Superintendent and District Staff. Therefore, going into the study session we did not expect the BOE to vote or approve any of our recommendations at this meeting.

It was a very positive presentation and conversation with the five Board of Education members and Superintendent Glass. We believe we helped the BOE understand the history and urgency around this issue and the year-long research and work the Task Force had completed to bring forth our three final recommendations. Board Members asked meaningful questions, both from a logistics and theoretical standpoint. Each BOE member expressed a belief that later start times for secondary students is desirable. However, each member had various questions regarding possible impacts.

Questions posed by BOE members during the study session included impact on bussing at the elementary level, after school activities, sports venues & practice schedules, research, and comparisons to other schools which have adopted later start times. One board member questioned if we could switch the high school and middle school time recommendations, starting middle at 8:30 and high school at 8:00 a.m. because middles have fewer after school activities/jobs.

Study Session Outcomes

At the end of the study session the BOE asked Dr. Glass and district staff to draft a plan for next steps. This plan includes our Recommendation #2, a budget request for the 2019 budget year for an implementation consultant and any early estimates as possible or appropriate regarding changing start times. As of this past week, a BFO (Budgeting For Outcomes) request has been written and submitted to the District Budget Office for the implementation consultant. This BFO becomes part of the overall budget requests that go through the District Cabinet and are presented to the BOE for their approval. Budget will be a topic of conversation at March BOE meetings as well as into the spring.


What’s Next

Task Force co-chairs are following up on questions from the BOE that were asked of our Task Force and District Cabinet and staff members. They are reconciling those notes with Dan, Karen and Kristopher and will report back with any questions that we need to address together, continuing to come to any decisions as a group.

As the BFO request makes its way through the District offices and to the request for funding to the BOE, more information will be posted here or emailed to our Task Force members. If you want to learn more about District budgeting, a yearly process which is going on right now, check out these resources from the Jeffco Finance and Budget office.

Congratulations and thank you! We hope all Start Time Task Force members feel a sense of satisfaction as we completed our charge to make recommendations to the BOE by Spring 2019. Now we move forward to see what changes can be made in the near future and for the best possible long term outcomes of all kids in Jeffco. New information and updates will be shared as we receive it so stay tuned!


January 31, 2019

The Jeffco Start Time Task Force submitted a final report with three recommendations for action to the Jeffco Board of Education. This report and presentation will be given to the Board and Superintendent Jason Glass at the February 7th Board Study Session beginning at 5:00pm.

Read the Start Times Task Force final recommendations report and presentation in the Task Force Information Tab.

Review the results of the Community Survey on changing Start Times in the Jeffco Info Tab.

Public comment on Start Times can be made in person during the regular meeting that begins at 6:00 p.m. under "Public Comment for Items on the Agenda". The sign up to speak to the Board will be available online at 10 a.m. Monday, February 4th and will close at 3:30 p.m. on February 7th. Sign up to give Public Comment for this item on the agenda here.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, email the Board of Education with your comments here or view the Study Session and Regular Board meeting on February 7th via the livestream here. View the full February 7th Board of Education Study Session and Regular Meeting agenda on BoardDocs here.


January 15, 2019

Last week the Start Times Task Force tri-chairs, along with facilitator and Community Superintendent Dan Cohan, presented our survey analysis and final two recommendations to Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass and Chief of Schools, Secondary Kristopher Schuh and Chief of Schools, Elementary Karen Quanbeck. They were favorable to the recommendations and Dr. Glass suggested that we make this a two-phase recommendation, starting with:

1. Move all Jeffco schools to start a half hour later for the 2019-2010 school year. Essentially we would shift our entire school schedule a half hour later than it is today, starting next school year. Dr. Glass stated that students at Columbine High School presented this idea at a school-wide competition (covering various topics), and that given the bulk of data and research gathered by the Start Times Task Force, this recommendation for staff action could be made to the Board of Education.


This will allow us to make a positive change now, while working on the remainder of our recommendations:


2. Hire an Implementation Firm/Consultant to help implement later start times, including:

  • Addressing issues with transportation and to recommend options for supporting timing of after school activities.
  • Addressing staffing issues.
  • Involving the Articulation Areas and Jeffco Community at large throughout the planning and implementation process.
  • Creating a roll out plan, including:
    • guidelines for implementation timeline
    • implementing start time change processes for future start time changes
    • process for working with district planning processes
    • community communication
    • standards/expectations for evaluation and monitoring


3. Establish BOE policy that all start times in Jefferson County Schools start on or after:

  • Middle: 8:00 AM
  • High: 8:30 AM
  • Note: While the task force prefers that no school starts before 8:30am, these recommended times have also taken into consideration feedback from the Jeffco community.


Next Task Force Meeting:

In light of this new recommendation proposal, we will hold a final Task Force meeting and have scheduled two options- during the day or an evening conference call- choose either:

Tuesday, January 22nd- 11:30am - 12:30pm, Jeffco Schools building, room TBD;

OR via Conference Call

Wednesday, January 23rd- 8pm - Details to follow


Please RSVP for the January meeting of your choice and provide feedback/comments here


January Meeting Agenda:

  • We will share the updated recommendations and presentation for the Jeffco Board of Education to be made February 7
  • Discuss Task Force involvement on the February 7 meeting, for example, public comment and letters to BOE

We are excited to make these final Start Times Task Force recommendations to Jeffco Schools and are ready to see change to school start times!


December 6, 2018

The Task Force met and finalized draft recommendations to be discussed with Dr. Glass at a January 2019 meeting:

1) Establish BOE policy that all start times in Jefferson County Schools start on or after:

  • Middle: 8:00 AM
  • High: 8:30 AM
  • Note: While the task force prefers that no school starts before 8:30am, these recommended times have also taken into consideration feedback from the Jeffco community.

2) Hire an Implementation Firm/Consultant to help implement later start times, including:

  • Addressing issues with transportation and to recommend options for supporting timing of after school activities.
  • Addressing staffing issues.
  • Involving the Articulation Areas and Jeffco Community at large throughout the planning and implementation process.
  • Creating a roll out plan, including:
    • guidelines for implementation timeline
    • implementing start time change processes for future start time changes
    • process for working with district planning processes
    • community communication
    • standards/expectations for evaluation and monitoring

These recommendations will be discussed with Dr. Glass in January 2019 with additional feedback brought back to the Task Force as a whole in preparation for the February 7th final recommendations presentation to the Jeffco Board of Education.


September 10, 2018

Presentation and Meeting Notes

May 21, 2018

The Jeffco Schools Start Time Task Force met for the first time on May 21. There were 23 members in attendance. Dr. Jason Glass and Dan Cohan, Task Force Lead Facilitator, presented the purpose of the group, guidelines and more with a deadline of early 2019 to present findings and recommendations to Superintendent Glass and the Jeffco School Board.

It is expected the task force as a whole will meet four (4) times beginning June 2018 through the start of the 2019 school year and present final recommendations made through a group consensus process. The 2019 timeline allows for the recommendations of the group to be reviewed in conjunction with budget planning for the Jeffco Public Schools District. At this first meeting of the task force there was time for information sharing, group conversation, subcommittees were discussed in detail and tri-chairs were nominated and voted upon.

Full Meeting Notes and the Presentation given by Dr. Jason Glass, Dan Cohan and the Jeffco Schools team from the May 21st are available for viewing on the Jeffco Schools Task Force website.

May 23, 2018

The Jeffco Schools Start Time Task Force tri-chairs Pamela Gould, Laura Johnson and Katie Winner met to discuss the organization of the task force, working backwards from the January 2019 deadline set by Jeffco Schools. We are inspired by the other task force members' motivation and experience, as well as the collaborative environment at the general task force meeting.

Starting Questions:

  • Recommend what is best for kids
  • What are strengths of later start times? What are the challenges? Represent various perspectives throughout the community.
  • What do Jeffco Schools staff and departments think?
  • We realize bussing will be one of the major challenges, along with child care, sports, and work (parents and students)

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