Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) leaders recently announced their decision to put further thought into implementing later start times for high schools and will begin formal discussion in March of this year. The dilemma of start and end times is returning to the school district after numerous medical reports and complaints from students and parents, a topic AAPS is breaching for a second time in three years.
The first consideration of later start times in Ann Arbor occurred in 2012, but at that time the Board of Education, “did not recommend a change to the start time,” according to the Executive Director of Communications for AAPS, Liz Margolis. As of now, teachers and students have yet to be polled on their opinions regarding the possible change, but rather parents have vocalized mixed opinions.
The implementation of later start times is complicated for high schools, as students begin taking jobs, babysitting younger siblings, participating in sporting events and having more homework. This is also combined with the modern issue of logistics including bussing of students. Ann Arbor Board of Education Secretary Andy Thomas told MLive.com that “there’s a lot of moving parts in the consideration,” as elementary and middle school days would be forced to also adjust their schedules as well.