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2011-12 Start/End Times

LENGTH OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DAY

  • Currently, Parkway’s elementary school day is 6 hours, 35 minutes long which is 20 minutes shorter than Parkway’s middle and high schools and the second shortest in St. Louis County.
  • Elementary teachers expressed concern over their ability to effectively teach the curriculum in the current format. An additional 20 minutes of instructional time per day equals nearly 10 days of instruction over the course of the school year.
  • Establishing a district-wide standard 6 hour and 55 minute school day will create a more equitable delivery of classroom instruction K-12. Plus it will allow for a more efficient busing schedule by reducing the number of different school starting times from seven to three.

STARTING/ENDING TIMES

  • Currently, Parkway middle schools begin at approximately 7:25 a.m., followed by high schools at 8 a.m. and most elementary schools between 8:25 a.m. and 9 a.m.  Parents and teachers have consistently expressed concern that a 7:25 a.m. start time is too early, particularly for middle school-aged students.
  • A Project Parkway task force studied school start/end times and analyzed research regarding sleep patterns in children and adolescents. The task force findings validated concerns about the early middle school start times. They concluded that start times of 8 a.m. or later are generally preferable and that a later start time would be beneficial for young adolescents in terms of their overall health and opportunity to be successful in school. They found little conclusive data on the effect of early versus later school start times for elementary students.

PROPOSED SOLUTION (New schedule - opens in new tab)

The proposed solution – when combined with lengthening the elementary day by 20 minutes – will accomplish the following:

  • Enable all schools to have equal instructional days at 6 hours, 55 minutes.
  • Enable middle schools to start almost an hour later without significantly changing most other starting times. Of the remaining 23 schools, 18 will change by 15 minutes or less. The remaining five schools (Bellerive, Claymont, Highcroft, Hanna Woods and Oak Brook) will change from between 20 to 50 minutes.
  • Provide a reasonable start time for high schools while allowing appropriate time for students to get to extracurricular activities.
  • Allow for a more efficient transportation system.
  • Provide a start/end schedule that is more consistent with neighboring school districts at the elementary and high school levels. (see below)
  • Provide a later middle school start time than the majority of neighboring districts.
Comparison of Start/End Times
  High Middle Elementary
District start time end time length
of day
start time end time length
of day
start time end time length
of day
Lindbergh 7:30 AM 2:30 PM 7:00 7:25 AM 2:15 PM 6:50 8:45 AM 3:25 PM 6:40
Rockwood 8:16 AM 3:05 PM 6:49 7:30 AM 2:22 PM 6:52 9:00 AM 3:50 PM 6:50
Parkway (2010-11) 8:00 AM 2:50 PM 6:50 7:25 AM 2:16 PM 6:51 9:00 AM 3:35 PM 6:35
Valley Park 7:50 AM 2:30 PM 6:40 7:47 AM 2:40 PM 6:53 8:30 AM 3:05 PM 6:35
Ladue 7:40 AM 2:20 PM 6:40 8:05 AM 3:00 PM 6:55 8:45 AM 3:35 PM 6:50
Mehlville 7:20 AM 2:05 PM 6:45 8:05 AM 2:50 PM 6:45 8:45 AM 3:30 PM 6:45
Pattonville 7:23 AM 2:13 PM 6:50 8:05 AM 2:58 PM 6:53 8:50 AM 3:35 PM 6:45
Ferg Florissant 7:50 AM 2:30 PM 6:40 8:10 AM 3:15 PM 7:05 9:00 AM 3:30 PM 6:30
Hazelwood 7:25 AM 2:25 PM 7:00 8:10 AM 3:10 PM 7:00 8:50 AM 3:50 PM 7:00
Kirkwood 7:50 AM 2:50 PM 7:00 8:15 AM 2:55 PM 6:40 8:40 AM 3:31 PM 6:51
Parkway (2011-12) 7:45 AM 2:40 PM 6:55 8:15 AM 3:10 PM 6:55 8:55 AM 3:50 PM 6:55