Return to Headlines

Westfield Washington School Board Votes to Change School Day Start/End Times

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Contacts: Carrie Cason & Kate Snedeker

WWS Communications


Westfield Washington School Board Votes to Change School Day Start/End Times


Westfield, IN - Last evening, the Westfield Washington School Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to change school day start/end days beginning with the 2019-20 school year.


“This is a change we have been considering for some time,” said Dr. Sherry Grate, superintendent of Westfield Washington Schools.  “The scientific data on students’ sleep patterns and brain development overwhelmingly supports moving the school day back for older students, and moving the day up for younger students which allows more time for instruction during their optimal learning time. While we know this will be an adjustment for some of our families, we feel strongly that we need to do what’s right and what the research overwhelmingly indicates leads to student success,” said Dr. Grate.


Neighboring school districts, including Zionsville Community School and Noblesville Schools, have made or are in the process of making such a change to their school start times.  Districts locally and across the country that have adjusted their school schedules to allow for a later start for secondary students have reported:

  • Student academic gains

  • Increased class attentiveness in the morning--fewer tired students

  • Decreased tardiness

  • Decreased rates of adolescent depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, obesity, automobile accidents, risk-taking behavior, drug and/or alcohol use.

  • Fewer disciplinary referrals

  • A decrease in student mischief during after-school hours when parents are not home

  • Parents indicating students are more pleasant at home


The new starting times, starting on the first day of the 2019-20 school year (August 6, 2019), will be:


Elementary 7:50-2:30 +8 minutes instructional time daily

WIS/WMS 8:45-3:35 +1 minute instructional time daily

WHS 8:35-3:45 +19 minutes instructional time daily


The change in start time will be for the 2019-20 school year (August 6, 2019).  For a list of frequently asked questions and to view a video on the start time changes, please see links below.  For additional questions, please contact Kate Snedeker or Carrie Cason at