In Fall 2021, the School Committee chose to form a School Start Times Subcommittee to review schedules at the secondary schools. Currently, our high school starts at 7:25am and our middle school at 7:50am. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association both recommend that secondary schools start no earlier than 8:30am. Research has demonstrated that chronic sleep deprivation in adolescents is associated with medical, mental health, safety, and behavioral issues.


By the end of the 2021-2022 school year, it is anticipated that the Subcommittee will make recommendations to the School Committee on changes to start times that are informed by community input, medical research, and the management of logistics involved in any change, particularly around bus transportation schedules.


School Start Times Subcommittee meetings are open to the public. Agendas and minutes are available online.

Health and Wellness Information

There is a wealth of research on adolescent sleep and the impact of later school start times. The links provided below are not comprehensive, but help in providing an initial overview of the research.




Project Plan

May 2022 Update to School Committee

School Committee Start Times Subcommittee

Tony Mullin, Chair -- School Committee member

Tim Chant -- K-12 Wellness Director and Elementary teacher representative

Amy Davenport -- High School Principal

Sanaa Devgan, Grade 10 -- High School student representative

Marian Donovan -- Westwood Teachers' Association representative and Middle School teacher representative

Lateefah Franck -- Director of Equity, Integration, and Community Partnerships

Matt Gillis -- Athletic Director

Abby Hanscom, Director of Student Services

Chris Hilton -- High School teacher representative and Parent representative

Lemma Jn-baptiste -- Director of Business and Finance

Kathy Lee -- High School teacher representative

Tammy McGowan -- Parent representative

Emily Parks -- Superintendent of Schools

Amanda Phillips -- School Committee member

Mike Redmon -- Middle School Principal

Jennifer Ryan Schultz -- Parent representative

Donna Tobin -- Martha Jones School Principal

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