Phase I Frequently Asked Questions
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General QuestionsWhy is AACPS considering adjusting high school start times?What is the timeline and process for a decision to be made regarding late high school start times?Who took part in the AACPS School Start Time Task force?How has the Start Time Task Force engaged the community?How do AACPS high school start times compare to other Maryland districts?What options are currently being explored to adjust school start times?How were these four options developed?Did the 2014 Task Force consider the school start time options presented to the Board of Education in 2005-2006 when conducting their research, developing their options, and preparing their website and executive summary?Will there be any cost involved with adjusting the school start times?How will AACPS fund the cost of changing school start times?Will elementary school children be walking to and from school in the dark?Instead of adjusting school start times, why don’t students simply go to bed earlier in order to get more sleep?What has the research shown regarding the start time of elementary school students?
Before and After-School Co-Curricular Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities and SportsIf school opens later, how will this impact my child’s extracurricular schedule?Will later school start times impact the use of school facilities for recreation use?How will later school start times impact my child’s ability to be employed after school?What will happen to sports practices? Will my child’s athletic schedule be impacted?If high school start times are adjusted to begin later, will it be difficult to find coaches for both school and recreational sports?Will a change to school start times impact my child’s ability to take courses at the Center of Applied Technology (CAT) South/North or if they desire, the opportunity to commute every other day to participate in JROTC?
Before and After-School Child CareSome of the school start time options will require more after-school care as younger students may be starting and ending school earlier than before. Will additional day care facilities be created to take care of these students or will there be adequate capacity at the existing centers?If additional Before and After-School Child Care is needed because of a change in school start times, can the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks add centers to schools that do not currently provide care?
TransportationWhy do elementary and middle school students’ start time have to be impacted to modify the high school start times?Will the change in start times impact the district’s transportation/overall budget?Where does a bus go after it completes its morning runs?
Virtual/Hybrid Course OptionsIf a student chooses to participate in the hybrid learning option (Option D), when would the online component of their work be completed?Under the hybrid learning option, would I need to have internet access available to my child? If so, what if I cannot afford that availability?How would students participating in the hybrid learning option get to school?
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Questions from the Community
Updated 10/14/14If the start time of schools were to change, would there also be a change to the time that school ends?Will any of these start time options change the length of the school day?If high schools were to start later, wouldn’t high school students just stay up later?Why don’t we start all elementary, middle, and high schools at 8:30?In each of the presented options, delaying the start of school will also delay the school’s dismissal. Did the Task Force consider shortening the length of the school day so that high school students could get more sleep in the morning without having to stay late in the afternoon?Within each option, could the school start times be adjusted so that no elementary or middle school start after 9:00AM?