Park City School District Start Times
STATUS OF SCHOOL START TIMES
In a June 6 Special Regular Session, the Park City Board of Education unanimously passed a motion to go forward with planning to move to a later start time with a 2-bell schedule, and to work with Park City and Summit County on solutions for the traffic issues. The target implementation for this is the 2018 - 2019 school year.
Following the initial report from the transportation consultant, a second survey has been sent out to the community outlining various possibilities for school days with a three-bell implementation. As a reminder, the Board of Education voted in August (2016) to empower an Implementation Task Force to figure out how to successfully adjust start times for ALL SCHOOLS -- with TMJH / PCHS students starting no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Below is a link to the survey; please take a moment to fill it out -- and share!
SURVEY CLOSED: Sunday, May 21st at 11:59PM.
We will share results with the Board of Education so it can make the most informed decision possible on how to successfully implement any changes to school start times in Park City School District.
Here's a look at the current schedule and timing choices presented as options on the survey:
The transportation consultant continued work with PCSD to gather information for a final presentation. This is scheduled to happen in the May 16, 2017 meeting of the Board.
- March 21, 2017: Presentation to the Board of Education
- March 7, 2017: Letter to the Board (initial summary)
The transportation consultant is expected to submit an initial summary, which should include introductory findings on potentially making current routes more efficient and any progress on start times considerations, on March 7. An update with those findings will be emailed to staff and parents. It will also be posted on the website and on the Park City School District Facebook page.
We have a new Park City School District Transportation Director, Richard Eddington, who is working with our transportation consultant. The District's transportation consultant has started some work on-site, specifically examining our bus routes. We will keep the community informed when the Start Times Implementation Task Force is scheduled to meet again.
Park City School District has awarded the transportation consultant contract to School Bus Consultants. The consultant will begin site visits January 2017.
At the December 6, 2016 Park City Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a budget expense to hire a transportation consultant. An RFP was posted and the School District aims to have the hiring process finished by the first of January. Work with the consultant is expected to begin in mid-January.
Superintendent Conley has determined that, in an effort to keep the best interests of all Park City School District students a priority, no elementary school will begin earlier than 7:50 a.m. The School Board also determined that secondary schools should end no later than 3:10 p.m.
The Park City Board of Education approved a motion to "move forward with charging an implementation committee for starting the school daily start time for ALL SCHOOLS, with the high school starting no earlier than 8:30 a.m., with the committee making a recommendation based on operational, financial, student health and safety considerations."
An Implementation Task Force has been created; it includes teachers, principals, staff, district office representatives, community representatives, and a number of members from the Start Times Committee. The ITF is charged with the task of figuring out exactly how to implement the change to start times. The ITF will also recommend a timeline for implementation to the Governing Board - with the expectation from the Board that it happens as quickly as is feasible. Among the ITF's considerations:
- Impact on students, staff & parents
- Specific timing
- Transportation routes
- Cost to implement
Of note: based on mock runs already conducted by the Transportation Department, a 3 bell schedule (needed to keep this implementation budget neutral) would need to run 60 minutes apart. Adjustments to the order in which kids are picked up and dropped off have led to things like more left turns: a simple change that adds significant time to routes.
We still need feedback on how changes to start times for ALL SCHOOLS will affect our families. If you have comments about start times, please email Molly Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.