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School Start (Bell) Times

Exploration of optimal school start (bell) times for maximizing the academic success and social and emotional well-being of all Greenwich Public School students began in August, 2015. Since that initial exploration, the Board of Education has taken action to change school start and dismissal times effective with the 2017-2018 school year, and has established an ad hoc committee to guide the implementation . Explore the information below for documents, videos, timelines and more related to this subject.

SST Frequently Asked Questions

This is the first of periodic updates on the progress of implementation for the new bell times, which begin on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. We encourage you to send your questions to the Office of the Superintendent at salvatore_corda@greenwich.k12.ct.us. Questions of general interest will be included in the next update and specific questions will be addressed with whatever information is current.

Últimas novedades sobre el cambio de horario de la jornada escolar en español

Are school bell times changing for the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS)?

Yes. Greenwich High School and the three middle schools will be starting and dismissing later. Changes for the elementary schools are still under discussion in an effort to maintain the current bell times.

What will the new bell times be?

Greenwich High School will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. Middle Schools will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.

When will we know if the Elementary School bell times will change?

The September 2016 proposal presented to the Board of Education, called for at least two elementary schools’ bell times to change, with the remaining nine elementary schools maintaining their 8:15 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. start times. The SST Committee is working toward maintaining current bell times for each of the eleven elementary schools and plan to finalize this decision late winter 2017.

When will new times begin?

On the first day of school of the 2017-2018 school year.

Will my bus stop change?

Not likely. The vast majority of the bus stops will stay the same.

Will bus rides be longer?

No. Overall bus rides will be the same or shorter. Individual student ride lengths may change as some routes will be different.

Can I continue to drop off my child(ren) early at school?

Yes. Greenwich High School will continue to open its doors at 6:00 a.m., which is the same time it currently opens for early drop off. The Middle Schools will open their doors at 7:15 a.m.

My child(ren) is/are not eligible for bus transportation. What options will be available for my child/ren to get to school if my work schedule no longer allows me to transport them to school?

At a minimum, students may continue to be dropped off at the same time they are now at the high school (6:00 a.m.) and at the middle schools (7:15 a.m.).

How will this impact other programs, including athletics offered in the GPS?

Our response to this question is based on our initial review of all programs, including athletics, and is subject to minor changes as we further flesh out all options.

    1. Academic programming in GPS will not change.
    2. Every effort is being made to minimize the impact of the change in bell times on after school activities and sports, including when students will be dismissed early from class to participate in after school activities. This is a work in progress and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
    3. Levels of current Greenwich High School athletic teams will remain, i.e. Freshmen, JV and Varsity sports teams. We are working to minimize any changes in the total 9 - 12 sports program.
    4. Extra-curricular activities will continue before and after school.

Are there plans to evaluate the impact of the change in bell times?

Yes. An evaluation plan will be developed to evaluate the impact of the change. The community will be involved in this evaluation. Understandably, our immediate focus is on addressing the elements necessary to ensure a smooth transition.

My child participates in an after school program (activity or athletics) that is a private program and not a part of the GHS program, what provisions are being made to mitigate the impact of a change in school bell times for these programs?

While we cannot make changes for private programs, we respectfully request that parents advise the proper individuals who are responsible for these programs about our schedule change. We would welcome the opportunity to speak to those individuals to share whatever information we can that might help them to possibly adjust their program.

How will I continue to be informed?

Emails will be sent to parents via ParentLink, Principals will communicate through school channels, and you may follow School Start Time implementation work via the options listed on this page.

SST Updates

2017-2018
The Board of Education’s School Start Time Ad Hoc Committee continues to work with GPS administration on the implementation of new school start and dismissal times. The following Updates are designed to provide ongoing information to the school and broader Greenwich community with regard to the implementation and impacts of changing school start/dismissal times:

November 13, 2017 Milone and MacBroom Neighborhood Meeting Comprehensive Lighting Study
October 12, 2017 SST Update (English | Spanish)
September 29, 2017 SST Update (English | Spanish)
September 14, 2017 SST BOE Report

2016-2017
Monthly updates were provided throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the planning year for implementing new school start and dismissal times. The Board of Education worked with GPS administration and School Bus Consultants (SBC) to plan for changing school bell times and to address potential impacts that changing school bell times may have in a variety of areas.

SST Ad Hoc Committee (Implementation - Active Committee)

The School Start (Bell) Time Ad Hoc Committee was formed following a motion made and carried by the Board of Education at the September 22, 2016 Business Meeting. The committee was charged to work with the administration in finalizing and implementing a later school start (bell) time plan. The committee will also develop criteria for measuring ongoing student impact of a later start time and develop an outline to assist the administration in reporting to the Board on a bi-annual basis and with updates as needed. More Information

SST Committee (Exploration)

The School Start Time (SST) Steering Committee was charged (Español) with developing and implementing a project plan to explore optimal school start times for maximizing the academic success and social and emotional well-being of all Greenwich Public School students.

The School Start Time- Steering Committee met bimonthly from August 24, 2015 through June 17, 2016 . It was the goal and objective of the committee to keep the community engaged and informed about the work and developments related to the exploration of a change to the start and end times for Greenwich Public Schools.

Committee Membership and Meetings (2015-2016)

SST STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS (2015-2016)

Project Manager
Cynthia Womack

Steering Committee
Tom Bobkowski- Director of School Safety
Janice Domiziano- Transportation Manager
Sophie Dowling- PTAC Representative-At-Large
Valerie Erde- Greenwich Chapter Leader- Start School Later
Mary Forde- Director of Pupil Personnel
Diane Chiappetta-Fox- Greenwich High School Student Activities Director
Mary Stuart Freydberg- PTAC Representative GHS
Anthony Giovannone- Accounting Supervisor
Jim Healy- PTAC Representative MS
Tom Healy- Middle School Administrator/GOSA
Jim Hricay- Managing Director of Operations
Gus Lindine- Athletic Director
Rick Piotrzkowski- High School Administrator/GOSA
Susie Ponce- PTAC Representative ES
Gene Schmidt- Elementary School Administrator/ GOSA
Caroline Smit- United Way Representative/Youth Services Coordinator
Bob Stacy- Director of Human Resources
Carol Sutton- GEA Representative
Bobby Walker- Boys & Girls Club Executive Director
Chris Winters- Greenwich High School Headmaster

MEETING AGENDA AND MINUTES

JUNE 17, 2016NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
MAY 19, 2016NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
MAY 3, 2016NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
APRIL 21, 2016NOTICE
AGENDAMINUTES
APRIL 6, 2016NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
MARCH 18, 2016NOTICEAGENDA MINUTES
MARCH 3, 2016NOTICE
AGENDAMINUTES
FEBRUARY 18, 2016NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
JANUARY 28, 2016NOTICE AGENDAMINUTES
JANUARY 5, 2016NOTICEAGENDA
MINUTES
DECEMBER 11,2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
NOVEMBER 30, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
NOVEMBER 12, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
OCTOBER 30, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
OCTOBER 15, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES
AUGUST 24, 2015NOTICEAGENDAMINUTES

SST Project Reports-Related Documents

BOE Meeting Documents and SST Videos

School Start Time BOE Presentations

* SST Status Report and Update - January 5, 2017

* SST Status Report and Update - September 8, 2016

Stakeholder Feedback and Important Documents