The Phoenixville Area School District is joining the growing number of school districts that are implementing later start times, writes Sarah Hoover for Keystone Crossroads.
Starting next year, high school and middle school classes in Phoenixville will begin 45 minutes later and elementary schools 35 minutes later. According to Superintendent Alan Fegley, officials considered concerns over child care, transportation, and after-school activities.
“We can make the move to a more timely start that is more in line with the circadian rhythms of the students and still allow them to be able to complete everything that they want to do,” he said.
The school district’s decision was helped by a presentation from the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Phoenixville then commissioned a team to examine the issue and held public forums over an 18-month period.
The success of the new start times can already be seen in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. According to Superintendent John Sanville, it has exceeded all of his expectations.
“It’s made a tremendous difference for kids,” he said. “They’re more alert.”
Read more about the later start times in school from Keystone Crossroads here.