The recommendation is based on information gathered by a committee of teachers and parents over the past year. Their recommendation summary outlined the benefits and possible negative effects of school day hours for different child age groups. The committee studied test scores, attendance, behavior, graduation rate, safety, physical and mental health, and they consulted with another school district who flipped the school day hours. Additionally, the group considered the results of sleep habit surveys taken by our students last year. From a medical viewpoint, Dr. Michael Neeb and Dr. Ramalinga Reddy, Directors of the Mercy Health Children’s Hospital Sleep Disorder Program, enthusiastically endorse this change for our students.
If the Lake Board of Education votes to implement the time changes, we will schedule a date and time for a public meeting. This meeting will allow parents to hear our plans for child care, transportation, Penta Career Center, athletics, and other potential effects of changing the start and end times of the school day. If you have any questions or concerns about this possible change, please feel free to contact me at 419-661-6677 during normal school hours or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.