LATE STARTS ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
We know anecdotally from schools across the country and from neuroscience research on adolescent sleep patterns that a later start on a consistent basis can help reduce student stress and improve health, academic performance, and general wellness. Responding to this research, the Holton schedule includes a 9:00 a.m. start every Wednesday. This change has the advantage of creating consistency around our late starts. The faculty and staff use the time for professional work.
We recognize that some families welcome this change, they may be grateful for a potentially more relaxed morning routine once a week. They may even see it as an opportunity to schedule appointments so they don’t conflict with the school day.
At the same time, we also recognize that this change may create challenges for other families. Rest assured that if families need to continue regular drop-off time, they may do so. Buses will also run at their usual time as they normally do on any other day of the week.