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Note on the Topic of Later Start from Superintendent Skelly

Photo of Superintendent Skelly"As you may have heard, at the San Mateo Union High School District Board meeting last Thursday night, March 23rd, the trustees voted not to change the start time at the six comprehensive schools next year.
 
We appreciate the time parents, students, and staff took to share their thoughts on changes to the school day through the surveys last month, in emails, and at the board meeting.  This information will be used as we continue to search for ways to improve the experiences of our stakeholders and to search for ways to address the changing and complex social/emotional/physical needs of our students.
 
I learned a lot from this experience and it changed some of the ways I think about this issue. First, there would have been significant operational challenges to a later start for many families.  These included morning and afternoon traffic, work schedules, and students’ afternoon activities.  These issues are similar to other communities, but in some cases are more severe, especially for families who have to cross city lines to get to school and for schools that are very close neighbors to elementary and middle schools. .."
 
Read the complete note from Superintendent Skelly.

Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis Published:3/30/17
Audience: Homepage