HOUSTON - May 31, 2013 - The Spring Independent School District will be implementing new school start and end times for the upcoming 2013-14 school year and beyond. The decision was based on a study conducted by a district school start time committee and results of a parent survey that focused on what would be best for students.
“To foster the most productive learning environment for student achievement, we convened a committee last fall to study the effects of adjusting school start and end times. We were most interested in learning how these changes might impact our students. It was an in-depth, deliberate process, and we ultimately decided there were enough compelling reasons to further consider changing school start and end times,” said Regina Boutte, associate superintendent for public relations and technology.
Boutte said parental input was crucial to this decision. Partnering with independent research and communication firm K12 Insight, the district launched a Start and End Time Survey, asking for parent and staff feedback on how changes to the current school start and end times might impact student learning, physical well-being, extracurricular activities and family schedules.
A total of 2,431 parents participated in the survey. Parents who responded indicated high levels of support for changing school start and end times. In particular, 73% of elementary school parents,
74% of middle school parents and 71% of high school parents support the proposed changes.
“Coupled with high levels of support from district staff, we believe that now is the best time to implement our new schedules and we wanted to let parents know well in advance to allow them time to prepare for next school year,” Boutte said.
The new school start-and-end times will be as follows:
|Roberson Middle School
|Early College Academy
To continue a two-way dialogue with parents, the district has developed a Frequently Asked Questions page that will be accessible online at www.springisd.org. The FAQ page will address common questions and concerns about the new initiative, while changes to the bus schedules will be included with the regular back-to-school information that is posted online and included in the back-to-school issue of Spring Times, which is mailed to all district residents during the summer. In addition, parents are always welcome to contact their child’s principal for more information.