School Start Times

START TIMES WILL NOT CHANGE NEXT YEAR
Based on overwhelming feedback from our Park Hill parents, staff members, students and community members, we will not change our start times for the 2019-2020 school year.

“The Board and the district care deeply about our families, and we hear what they are telling us,” Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd said. “We still have a problem to solve, and I believe we can all solve it together.”

Feedback:
We actively listened to your feedback about our proposed new start times. We received almost 1,800 survey responses in Park Hill Listens, including more than 1,100 comments and suggestions.

Almost all of those comments expressed concerns about our plans. We also received more than 120 questions, asking for more information about the problem we were trying to solve and the solution we had proposed. Many of the questions and comments centered on the idea of later start times for high-school students.

Next Steps:
We will stop and take some time to develop a new plan to address the issues caused here in Park Hill by the ongoing, nationwide bus driver shortage. We will also study the impacts of later high-school start times on students’ academics and opportunities.

As we figure out our plans, we will share a timeline for the process, we will consult with our families, our staff and our community, we will make accommodations in the budget, and we will publicly share all the complex issues that factor into this problem and any potential solutions.

Continuing Problem:
This means we will still have frustrating challenges because of the nationwide shortage of bus drivers. In addition, we will open two new schools this fall, which means we must stretch our limited number of bus drivers over even more routes.

Until we have a better solution to the problem, we will continue our efforts to help First Student improve this issue for our families.

Moving Forward:
“We appreciate our Park Hill family, and we appreciate everyone’s support as we try to find the best possible solution for Park Hill,” Dr. Cowherd said.



START TIMES WILL NOT CHANGE NEXT YEAR
Based on overwhelming feedback from our Park Hill parents, staff members, students and community members, we will not change our start times for the 2019-2020 school year.

“The Board and the district care deeply about our families, and we hear what they are telling us,” Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd said. “We still have a problem to solve, and I believe we can all solve it together.”

Feedback:
We actively listened to your feedback about our proposed new start times. We received almost 1,800 survey responses in Park Hill Listens, including more than 1,100 comments and suggestions.

Almost all of those comments expressed concerns about our plans. We also received more than 120 questions, asking for more information about the problem we were trying to solve and the solution we had proposed. Many of the questions and comments centered on the idea of later start times for high-school students.

Next Steps:
We will stop and take some time to develop a new plan to address the issues caused here in Park Hill by the ongoing, nationwide bus driver shortage. We will also study the impacts of later high-school start times on students’ academics and opportunities.

As we figure out our plans, we will share a timeline for the process, we will consult with our families, our staff and our community, we will make accommodations in the budget, and we will publicly share all the complex issues that factor into this problem and any potential solutions.

Continuing Problem:
This means we will still have frustrating challenges because of the nationwide shortage of bus drivers. In addition, we will open two new schools this fall, which means we must stretch our limited number of bus drivers over even more routes.

Until we have a better solution to the problem, we will continue our efforts to help First Student improve this issue for our families.

Moving Forward:
“We appreciate our Park Hill family, and we appreciate everyone’s support as we try to find the best possible solution for Park Hill,” Dr. Cowherd said.



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