Sleep and Start Times Work Group

As we promised in April, we plan to investigate the research about students’ sleep needs and to find out how a change to start times based on this research would impact our schools and our families’ lives.

In the next phase of the process, the Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will use this information to help make a recommendation to the Board about how to address our problems here in Park Hill that come from the nationwide bus driver shortage.

The Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will be a larger, Board-approved committee, and there will be an application process for people who want to participate.

The Board is scheduled to approve this committee and the criteria and timeline for this process at its July 25 meeting. This committee must complete its work by October, in case the committee recommends a change in which grade levels start earliest. This is because it takes much longer for the high schools to do their scheduling for the following year, and we would need to make arrangements for staffing.


Sleep and Start Times Work Group:
A group of teachers, parents and administrators will meet as the Sleep and Start Times Research work group. In addition to the full-group work, the members will divide into four subgroups: one to evaluate scientific research, one to study how a schedule change would affect high schools, one to study how the change would impact middle schools, and one to study the change impacts for elementaries.

Public Participation:
Each of the group's meetings will be open for the public to observe, and we will provide detailed updates to the entire community after each meeting. In addition, we will ask all families and staff members to fill out a survey here on Park Hill Listens to find out how people feel about the information the work group uncovers.



As we promised in April, we plan to investigate the research about students’ sleep needs and to find out how a change to start times based on this research would impact our schools and our families’ lives.

In the next phase of the process, the Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will use this information to help make a recommendation to the Board about how to address our problems here in Park Hill that come from the nationwide bus driver shortage.

The Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will be a larger, Board-approved committee, and there will be an application process for people who want to participate.

The Board is scheduled to approve this committee and the criteria and timeline for this process at its July 25 meeting. This committee must complete its work by October, in case the committee recommends a change in which grade levels start earliest. This is because it takes much longer for the high schools to do their scheduling for the following year, and we would need to make arrangements for staffing.


Sleep and Start Times Work Group:
A group of teachers, parents and administrators will meet as the Sleep and Start Times Research work group. In addition to the full-group work, the members will divide into four subgroups: one to evaluate scientific research, one to study how a schedule change would affect high schools, one to study how the change would impact middle schools, and one to study the change impacts for elementaries.

Public Participation:
Each of the group's meetings will be open for the public to observe, and we will provide detailed updates to the entire community after each meeting. In addition, we will ask all families and staff members to fill out a survey here on Park Hill Listens to find out how people feel about the information the work group uncovers.



  • Update from May 20 Meeting

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    Charter Review:
    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Klein greeted the group and went over the agenda for the evening.

    He shared that the group was going to answer its remaining questions and refine its findings. Then we will compile the findings and send them out to the community in a survey, where we will ask people what they think of them.

    The findings and the public’s response to them will come together in a report, which the Board will consider as it decides on next steps. Next steps could include an advisory committee to make a recommendation about how to respond...

    Charter Review:
    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Klein greeted the group and went over the agenda for the evening.

    He shared that the group was going to answer its remaining questions and refine its findings. Then we will compile the findings and send them out to the community in a survey, where we will ask people what they think of them.

    The findings and the public’s response to them will come together in a report, which the Board will consider as it decides on next steps. Next steps could include an advisory committee to make a recommendation about how to respond to the issues we face as a result of the nationwide bus driver shortage.


    Finalizing Findings:
    The subgroups met again to answer any outstanding questions and to refine their findings in each of the four areas: sleep research, elementary logistics, middle-school logistics and high-school logistics.

    Then the committee members presented their findings to the whole group and participated in a gallery walk to review all of each other’s findings.

    Finally, the subgroups went through the feedback they received from the other groups, made any necessary adjustments, and then wrapped up their work.

    The survey will come out on Friday, May 31, and the committee will meet again to review the results of the survey on Monday, June 10.


  • Update from May 13 Meeting

    8 days ago
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    Welcome:
    Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd thanked the work group members again for their time and efforts.

    She reminded them that their work to research and provide facts about sleep research and the possible effects of different start time schedules on schools and students would inform the next step of the process.

    In the next phase of the process, the Bus Drivers and Start Times advisory committee will use this information from the Sleep and Start Times work group to help make a recommendation to the Board about how to address our problems here in Park Hill that come from the...

    Welcome:
    Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd thanked the work group members again for their time and efforts.

    She reminded them that their work to research and provide facts about sleep research and the possible effects of different start time schedules on schools and students would inform the next step of the process.

    In the next phase of the process, the Bus Drivers and Start Times advisory committee will use this information from the Sleep and Start Times work group to help make a recommendation to the Board about how to address our problems here in Park Hill that come from the nationwide bus driver shortage. The Bus Drivers and Start Times advisory committee will be a larger, Board-approved committee, and there will be an application process for people who want to participate.


    Introductions:
    Two group members who were not able to attend last time introduced themselves.


    Review:
    Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Dr. Jeff Klein, the leader of this work group, reviewed the group’s purpose and charter.


    Subgroups:
    The group broke back into its four subgroups, which took a break partway through their work to report out to the whole group:

    • Sleep Research:
      This subgroup reviewed several more studies, in which they found some common themes, including research that showed that teens have different circadian rhythms than adults, that delays in start times are associated with decreases in student car crashes, and that the amount of sleep is associated with symptoms of depression.

      Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Klein said the quality of the studies varied, so we need to be cautious in evaluating the results.

    • Elementary, Middle-School and High-School Logistics:
      These three subgroups finished brainstorming about the effects of different start and end times, and they finished reading all of the comments from the recent survey. They began working on finding evidence to support their ideas about the effects of the different times, so that all their findings could be proven.


    Closure:
    Dr. Klein and Dr. Cowherd thanked everyone for their time and effort.




  • Update from May 6 Meeting

    15 days ago
    Sleep committee


    Welcome:

    Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd thanked the parents, teachers and administrators for giving their time to help with this work.

    She shared that in this first phase of the process, this Sleep and Start Times Research work group would be tasked with researching and providing facts about sleep research and the possible effects of different start time schedules on schools and students.

    In the next phase of the process, the Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will use this information to help make a recommendation to the Board about how to address our problems here in Park Hill...


    Welcome:

    Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd thanked the parents, teachers and administrators for giving their time to help with this work.

    She shared that in this first phase of the process, this Sleep and Start Times Research work group would be tasked with researching and providing facts about sleep research and the possible effects of different start time schedules on schools and students.

    In the next phase of the process, the Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will use this information to help make a recommendation to the Board about how to address our problems here in Park Hill that come from the nationwide bus driver shortage.

    The Bus Drivers and Start Times committee will be a larger, Board-approved committee, and there will be an application process for people who want to participate.

    The Board is scheduled to approve this committee and the criteria and timeline for this process at its July 25 meeting. This committee must complete its work by October, in case the committee recommends a change in which grade levels start earliest. This is because it takes much longer for the high schools to do their scheduling for the following year, and we would need to make arrangements for staffing.


    Introductions:
    The group members passed the microphone around and introduced themselves to each other.


    Purpose:
    Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Dr. Jeff Klein, the leader of this work group, shared what the team’s purpose would be. He said that together, they would find answers to a series of questions:
    • How do start times affect sleep?
    • How does sleep affect school?
    • How do different start times affect after-school activities?
    • How do different start times affect school programming?
    • What are important scientific and logistical considerations for start times for elementary, middle and high school?

    Charter:
    Dr. Klein shared the group’s charter.
    • Deliverables:
      The group will provide findings to the Bus Driver and Start Times committee, with the answers to the questions listed under “purpose.”

    • Activities:
      The group will review and summarize research to find the answers to the questions, and it will identify the logistical impact of various start times.

    • Scope:
      The group will try to deal only in facts, rather than opinions, and it will not provide judgements or value-based recommendations.

    Subgroups:
    The group broke into four subgroups, which began the work of answering the questions. After long discussions in each subgroup, they came back together to report out to the whole group.
    • Sleep Research:
      This group reviewed a meta-analysis of many research studies. The research had appeared in a peer-reviewed journal.

      From this first review of the data, the group found that this analysis showed a great deal of research attempting to tie the amount of sleep to success in school, but it was not reliable or conclusive. However, they said there was reliable data that shows a clear change in natural sleep cycles when children become teenagers, and they found a correlation between later start times for teenagers and reduced traffic accidents, as well as improved mental health.

      In the coming weeks, this group plans to find more peer-reviewed journal articles to read together in order to get more data.

    • Elementary, Middle-School and High-School Logistics:
      These three groups brainstormed how a variety of different start and end times would affect schools, students and families at their grade levels. Then they started reading through all the comments that came in from parents, staff and students through the recent start times survey, to help them identify every possible impact of each start-time scenario.

      In the coming weeks, they will reach out to others to help them identify any effects they might have missed, and they will gather data to help prove their findings.

    Closure:
    Dr. Klein and Dr. Cowherd thanked everyone for their time and effort.


  • Committee List

    19 days ago
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    Parents
    Susan Green: Lakeview, Park Hill South
    Raycinia Ellison: Graden
    Amy Wiser: Park Hill South
    Gina James: Southeast, Gerner
    Darren Brehm: Southeast
    Faith Brehm: Southeast
    Rashonda Mitchell: English Landing
    Jessica Mayberry: Prairie Point
    Yolanda Thompson: PHHS, Plaza

    Teachers
    Elijah Shore: PHHS
    Casie Schmid: Plaza
    Eve Osborne: Union Chapel
    Abbie Sanford: English Landing
    Steve Chrostowski: Congress
    Nell Hubacher: Lakeview
    Alice Trager: Professional Studies
    Shelly Evans: Park Hill South

    Administrators
    Dr. Christina Courtney: District Office
    Dr. LuAnn Halverstadt: Graden
    Lee Heinerikson: Chinn
    Dr. Tressa Wright: Plaza
    Dr. Brad Kincheloe: PHHS
    Dr. Dale Longenecker: Park Hill South
    Dr. Ryan Stanley: LEAD...

    Parents
    Susan Green: Lakeview, Park Hill South
    Raycinia Ellison: Graden
    Amy Wiser: Park Hill South
    Gina James: Southeast, Gerner
    Darren Brehm: Southeast
    Faith Brehm: Southeast
    Rashonda Mitchell: English Landing
    Jessica Mayberry: Prairie Point
    Yolanda Thompson: PHHS, Plaza

    Teachers
    Elijah Shore: PHHS
    Casie Schmid: Plaza
    Eve Osborne: Union Chapel
    Abbie Sanford: English Landing
    Steve Chrostowski: Congress
    Nell Hubacher: Lakeview
    Alice Trager: Professional Studies
    Shelly Evans: Park Hill South

    Administrators
    Dr. Christina Courtney: District Office
    Dr. LuAnn Halverstadt: Graden
    Lee Heinerikson: Chinn
    Dr. Tressa Wright: Plaza
    Dr. Brad Kincheloe: PHHS
    Dr. Dale Longenecker: Park Hill South
    Dr. Ryan Stanley: LEAD
    Adrian Singletary: PHHS
    John Carr: Park Hill South

    Committee Facilitators
    Dr. Jeff Klein, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services
    Dr. Stephanie Amaya, Director of Professional Studies
    Dr. Jasmine Briedwell, Director of Elementary Education
    Dr. Jaime Dial, Director of Secondary Education