In accordance with the District Strategic Plan Goal: Social and Emotional Wellness of Staff and Students, Superintendent Dr. Andrew Keough convened a Task Force in the fall of 2018 to investigate whether Dover-Sherborn should consider adjustments to its district start times. Though this issue was investigated during the 2015-16 school year, Superintendent Bliss ultimately opted not to recommend a change to the school committees. Click here to view the 2015 School Start Time Final Report

Experts agree that shifting start times later gives adolescents an opportunity to get the rest they need to be healthy, balanced, and successful students. Given the science-related to this issue and the desire by many in the community to revisit the subject of school start times, the Task Force looked at current scientific research as well as what other systems are doing in order to examine what might be in the best interests of Dover Sherborn students.

To investigate this issue, over the course of this academic year, the Start Time Task Force

  • Conducted an extensive literature review regarding (x) sleep science relative to school-aged students and (y) school start time changes

  • Held extensive discussions with leaders at more than 12 MA school districts regarding start time change activities

  • Surveyed MA superintendents of districts that include middle schools or high schools regarding start time change activity

  • Surveyed DS elementary, middle, and high school families, staff and HS students (over 1,800 participants) and analyzed results, including several hundred comments (2019 Survey Results)

  • Conducted over 2 dozen stakeholder meetings and open coffees including 6 at elementary schools

  • Curated and updated school start time web page reflecting research and activities

  • Established dedicated email address for comments and questions (over 50 emails received)

  • Presented community cable channel Q&A

  • Produced and distributed student-created start time video clip

  • Attended 3 sleep expert presentations in other MA districts

  • Engaged in 1:1 discussions with 2 internationally-renown sleep experts

  • Attended MASC start time planning workshop

  • Met as group or in subgroups extensively

  • Presented in three Joint School Committee Meetings

Feel free to reach out to the School Start Time Task Force at with any questions and/or concerns.

Sleepy teens:
A public health epidemic
Wendy Troxel, TEDx
Manhattan Beach
School Start Time
Healthy Hours on Vimeo
Dr. Keough's Presentation

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