In October, District 203 did a community-wide survey on the school day and school year and the results are in.
At the latest Focus 203 Community Engagement Session, outcomes of the survey were presented and discussed, starting with the importance of sleep.
“Students health and sleep received the highest weighted score and students academic performance received the second highest score overall as the most important factors to consider for a preferred school schedule,” said Dan Bridges, Superintendent for District 203.
This was true across all three academic levels. Also consistent, having later start times for junior high and high school.
“In order to accomplish a later start time, without pushing the end time too late, it may be necessary to shorten the high school day. We asked you to let us know about a couple options to help us accomplish that goal. While the highest level of support varied among the groups surveyed, overall it appeared there was the most support for shortening each class period,” added Bridges.
For elementary school, the majority of respondents supported extending the school day by 30 minutes.
“Parents, future parents and employees agree that if the elementary day is extended, they would prefer accomplishing it by ending the school day later as opposed to beginning earlier,” said Bridges.
All of these topics, and more, were then discussed by the over 100 parents, community members and staff in attendance, with time for feedback and reflection.
Their biggest concerns? The operations, transportation and cost of implementing any and all changes.
“What I can promise you is that our process will be intentional, thoughtful and deliberate, that it will make sense, there will be reasons why and we’ll be transparent in communicating the reasons why we’re making the changes that we’re making,” said Bridges.
You can view a full breakdown of the survey results on District 203’s website.
The district is anticipating presenting a recommendation to their Board of Education in January.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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