Update Regarding School Start Time Discussions
January 29, 2020
Dear Parents & Guardians,
I would like to take a minute and focus on a board discussion we had last night on school start times. We reviewed the surveys of parents and those results are now available to you if you wish to read them.
In short, the elementary school survey clearly illustrated a desire to maintain the current starting time and, if necessary, to make it later. The high school survey clearly showed a desire for a later start time. Changing the start time to accommodate the results of the surveys would be easy. However, the dismissal times present us with a dilemma. We must consider traffic conditions and the pick-up of students by parents. Changing the start times to 8:30 for the high school and 8:45 for the elementary school would present traffic congestion for us as we would need more time to clear traffic.
Last night, following my discussion with the Board of Education, we agreed to maintain the current schedule for both schools. I feel after two years of research, a thorough investigation by a teacher committee and two surveys to the community and staff, this is the most practical for the community at large.
Thank you all for your continued support of the Manasquan School District.
The survey results are available here:
Yours in education,