Clear Creek ISD Board Approves School Start Times for 2020-2021

Clear Creek ISD Board Approves School Start Times for 2020-2021
Posted on 11/19/2019
Start Times Approved​The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to maintain the current school start and end time schedule for the 2020-2021 school year since the CCISD School Start Time Advisory Committee could not come to a unified recommendation.

“Despite the hard work of the School Start Time Advisory Committee, the group was not able to arrive at a consensus on a particular schedule that was good for all 42,000 children,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “Many issues associated with school start times were embedded in science, healthy habits, culture, best practices, and parent education. My recommendation to the school board was to address these issues in a strategic fashion and maintain the current schedule for next year.”

As part of the board-approved recommendations, the school district will launch a healthy family campaign which will include research on sleep habits for students of all ages and advice on how to lead a well-balanced student life. The district will explore innovative ways such as flexible scheduling and online coursework to ease the time pressure on students who need the additional support.

One of the items the School Start Time Advisory Committee discussed was to have a flexible hour lunch for all high schools, like the Falcon Lunch at Clear Lake High School. The superintendent indicated that other high schools may be interested in pursuing this avenue to build additional time within the school day for students to attend tutorials, clubs, or visit with friends.

The superintendent recommended, and the school board approved, an internal review of homework expectations across the school district to bring consistency in the timing and the volume of after schoolwork. These matters will be engrossed in the work of the upcoming Strategic Planning Action Team meetings. That group will begin meeting in January 2020.

“There are many issues to address. Just changing the start time will not fix the issue of sleep deprivation on its own. I am encouraged by the recommendations and most importantly, the conversation doesn’t stop today,” said Dr. Laura DuPont, CCISD Board President. The vote to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was four trustees in favor and three trustees against it.
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