March 15 Rhinebeck Board of Education Meeting Update: BOE Adopts 2016-17 Calendar and Revised School Start/End Times 2016-17 School Calendar and School Start Times

At the March 15, 2016 Board of Education meeting, Board members took action on approving the 2016-17 school calendar and determining times for the daily start and end of school for the upcoming school year. The Board voted unanimously to adopt the 2016-17 school calendar recommended by the Superintendent of Schools, without modification.  That school calendar is attached here 2016-17 Calendar .


Also, by a 6-1 vote, the Board approved a change to the school start/end schedule that was recommended by the Board’s School Start Time Committee.  The change will be instituted on a pilot basis for the coming school year, with implementation effective the first day of school next year, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.


At BMS/RHS, first period class will start at 8:00 am instead of the current 7:30 am, and will end at 2:35 pm instead of the current 2:16 pm.  At CLS, instruction will start at 9:00 am instead of the current 8:55 am, and will end at 3:17 pm instead of the current 3:12 pm. Additional details about, and the research support for this change, are included in the two School Start Time attachments to this e-mail, in particular on pages 17-22 of the Powerpoint Presentation. School Start Time Presentation and School Start Time FAQ  


As a result of the Board’s vote on next year’s approved school start time/end time schedule, the Board School Start Time Committee will begin meeting to develop specific plans for a September 7, 2016 implementation and for the collection of data throughout the school year to assess the impact and consequences of the change, before making a recommendation for whether or not to extend the school schedule beyond 2016-17. Responses from parents, staff, and students to the plan adopted by the Board, provided through the various opportunities made available over more than a year, including meetings and coffees, as well as online surveys were, while not unanimous, overwhelmingly positive



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