Dear Bexley Family,
We are proud to announce that Bexley City Schools and the Bexley Education Association (BEA) have reached a contractual agreement that both entities are pleased to implement. One of the immediate outcomes from this new contract is a change in the student day and the elimination of late start days beginning with the 2018 – 19 school year.
One of the valued outcomes of this new contract is an extended teacher contract day. The extended day will allow our teachers to be available for students who may need extra help outside of their school day and provide collaboration and planning time for teachers. Therefore, we will be changing the start times of school, effective August 2018. Our elementary (K-5) school day will be from 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. while our secondary (6-12) school day will be from 8:35 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Research shows that adolescent students benefit from additional sleep. In fact, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, our nation's largest pediatrician group, delaying the start of high school and middle school classes to 8:30 a.m. or later is “an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss” and the “epidemic of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the nation’s teens.”
"As adolescents go up in grade, they're less likely with each passing year to get anything resembling sufficient sleep," says Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and lead author of the AAP statement. "By the time they're high school seniors, the NSF data showed they were getting less than seven hours of sleep on average."
Elementary students will begin their day at 8:15 AM. This change will allow older siblings who need to escort elementary students to school the time to do so. Further, younger students will not be left unsupervised until the elementary day begins. We will work with our after-school care providers to support the slightly earlier release time for elementary students.
These changes in the contract day and student day will benefit students, support our teachers to be available to students outside the instructional day, encourage professional planning and collaboration among teachers, and be more convenient for families. Details of each school’s daily schedule within the student day as outlined above will be communicated by building principals. However, please allow principals time to set their schedules as these changes will take some planning time.