Welcome to FAQs

  • The below questions were frequently asked during focus group sessions held with parents, students and community members in November and December 2018. Additional FAQs and answers will be added as they are received.


  • How soon would a change to the school start time be implemented?

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    Before any change to the school start time(s) can be implemented, the School Board would need to vote to approve the implementation, which is scheduled to take place at a business meeting prior to the end of the 2018-19 school year. Therefore, depending on this timing and an approval vote, it is possible the implementation of new school start times could take place as early as the 2019-20 school year.

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  • Is it possible elementary families will be financially impacted by a later ES start time?

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    District administration is currently working with Family Support Services to determine if before- and/or after-school care could be extended to accommodate the committee's initial recommendation of a 9:15 a.m. elementary school start time.

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  • Have schools/districts that have shifted starts been examined as part of research?

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    The district is currently reaching out to districts that have changed their school start times to further explore what obstacles they may have faced and how these were resolved, specifically regarding transportation.

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  • Is more thought being given to the option of a "flip" of HS and ES start times?

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    The committee is exploring a version of this option after receiving interest from various stakeholders at recent feedback sessions.

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  • Are high school students in favor of a change to the high school start time?

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    Based on the results of a survey administered to Radnor High School students in the Spring of 2018, 85% of the 848 respondents preferred a start time after 8 a.m. If a change to the high school start time becomes a reality for the 2019-20 school year, students will be surveyed again to establish a baseline for purposes of monitoring the results of the change to the start time.

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  • Is a change to the amount or assignment of homework being considered?

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    The RTSD School Board adopted revised Homework Policy, 130 on October 24, 2017. Feedback from recent focus group sessions has prompted the committee to further explore homework in the district and its potential impact on student sleep.

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  • Has the committee studied research on what time(s) are optimal for elementary students to learn?

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    Yes, the committee explored research regarding this topic.

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  • What is the impact of devices on student sleep?

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    The committee has investigated this topic as part of its study. Regardless of the final schedule at Radnor High School, the district is committed to educating parents, students, staff and community members about ways to promote healthier sleep patterns in students, including through healthy device usage.

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  • How efficient are the current bus routes?

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    To ensure bus transportation in the disitrct is operating as optimally as possible, the district has contracted with the third-party routing company TransFinder to study our system for efficiencies.

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  • How early could elementary students be picked up for the bus?

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    Should there be any type of change to the school start time, the district is committed to not picking any student for the bus earlier than 7 a.m.

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  • Has the committee investigated an early start time at the elementary level?

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    The committee is continuing to explore other scenarios, one being an earlier start time for elementary students.

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  • Is Community Period at RHS being moved to the end of the day?

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    The initial recommendation from the Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Committee was to move Radnor High School's "Community Period" -- a free time currently scheduled twice a week at 9 a.m. for students to complete work, visit the library, meet with clubs, and participate in other school-related activities -- to the end of the day. The reason being to conserve instructional time during the school day so that student-athletes who need to leave school early to attend competitions would not miss class time. Since the recommendation, the RHS administration has heard feedback from students regarding concerns with the proposed change to Community Period and, as a result, is exploring other possibilities.

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  • If a change to start time(s) is implemented, will the district measure the impact of the change(s)?

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    Yes, the district will utilize research-based evaluation tools to measure the impact of a school start time change.

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