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Dec 9, 2015 12:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton School District To Look Into Later Start Time For Students

Dec 11, 2015 5:24 PM

The Southampton School District will look into a later start time for high school students in the future.

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, Board Vice President Donald King said that his son, who is a senior, has benefited from not having a first-period class this year, and that the district should look into starting school later to give students more time to sleep. Currently, high school students are expected to be in the building no later than 7:26 a.m.; a warning bell goes off before the start of first period at 7:31 a.m. The district proposed exploring a later start time last year as well, but never followed through.

“I think we should really start to think about that seriously,” Mr. King said. “I’m really amazed at that difference that I see in my own son. That difference of a half-hour is just amazing in his day.”

If Southampton eventually moves forward with a later start time, it would be following in the footsteps of the Sag Harbor School District, which started classes at Pierson Middle/High School 10 minutes later this year.

Other Southampton School Board members agreed with Mr. King, and Board President Heather McCallion suggested that the district reach out to Sag Harbor officials to see how it’s worked there so far. “For students, 20 minutes is 20 minutes,” she said.

Superintendent Scott Farina said the district “can absolutely put together a group of people to get that done,” but noted that the biggest challenge will be reworking bus routes. “We will get on it,” he said.

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The difference a year makes! This same BOE just over a year ago tried to push the ELT grant through without making their application/plans fully available to parents/taxpayers, then once the word got out to parents, the district dragged their feet even acknowledging the grant. Then they set up a " parent committe" to deal with the overwhelming concern from parents, which the adminstation never had intentions of getting off the ground. Then the district hosted a member from NCTL (national center ...more
By April1 (156), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 10:19 PM
For the record, it's 10 minutes later for Sag Harbor, not 15. Not significant and there is no real world benefit. Do it right, follow the advice of the all of the professional and medical groups who have made it clear that 8:30AM is the earliest recommended time, or just admit that our students health and future success is not a priority.
By Arnold Timer (326), Sag Harbor on Dec 10, 15 4:59 PM
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The article has been fixed. Thank you for pointing that out!
By amelillo (5), Holtsville on Dec 10, 15 5:43 PM
Having been there and done that I agree with Arnold Timer Do it right NOW.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Dec 10, 15 5:12 PM
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Homeroom was at 7:30 in my day. First period late bell was 8:06.
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on Dec 10, 15 6:07 PM
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