Recently, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 convened a work group to study the optimal school day. The group concluded that our younger students could benefit from additional instructional time each day, and our older students could benefit from starting school later, which is in alignment with recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Centers for Disease Control.
In October, the school district conducted its School Calendar and Start Time Survey. Community members told Naperville 203 leaders that students’ health and their academic performance should be top considerations in making any changes to the school day schedule. More than 14,500 people participated in the survey.
“With new standards, what teachers do in the classroom has changed,” said Naperville 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges. “Although educational practices have changed, the structure of the school day has remained relatively unchanged. We needed to conduct a thorough analysis to understand if our school day should be organized differently.”
In November, District leaders held two community engagement sessions, using the Focus 203 Community Engagement Process. Community members shared their reactions to the survey results, and identified priorities, district challenges, and remaining questions. Click here
for the video, PowerPoint and small group activity from November's Focus 203 sessions.