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January 20, 2010 > School start times survey

School start times survey

Submitted By Nicole Steward

Secondary school start time has been a continuous subject of discussion for school districts the past few years. Experts agree that teenagers need more sleep to benefit them personally and academically. Some believe a later school start time would allow teens to get more sleep; others believe that there are factors beyond school start times that keep teens from getting the sleep they need.

The Fremont Unified School District Board of Education has asked the Parent Representative Advisory Assembly (PRAA) to gather community input to determine if the FUSD community is interested in a change to school start times for secondary students.

Input is being gathered via an online survey from now until the end of February. Parents of all FUSD students (elementary, junior high school and high school) are encouraged to participate as all students could be impacted by a change in start and end times.

The goal of any change is to create the best possible learning environment for all students. The purpose of the survey is to ensure that all issues important to the community regarding later start times are considered before any change occurs. Community input will be gathered and presented to the Board at a future meeting for further discussion.

All responses are confidential. The survey is available in English and Spanish. A Mandarin version of the survey will be added to the website when it is available. To find more information and research on later start times and to take the survey, visit

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