Long Range Planning Committee hosting Open Houses regarding possible changes to school start times

The Littleton Public Schools Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is exploring options for changing school start times to better meet the needs of LPS teenagers.  

As part of the process, the LRPC is hosting four informational open houses in September.  Attendees can drop in at any time during the two-hour open house to visit with representative of the LRPC and LPS personnel to learn more about:

  • Options for possible changes to school start times
  • Research behind the need for changing school start times
  • Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions

LPS personnel and representatives of the LRPC and will be available to answer questions; the committee is comprised of 14 community members and two LPS administrators. Spanish interpreters will be available.

Open Houses:

Wednesday, September 13th
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Euclid Middle School

Monday, September 25th
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Goddard Middle School

Wednesday, September 27th
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Newton Middle School

Friday, September 29th
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Powell Middle School

In addition, sleep expert Lisa J. Meltzer, PhD, will present to the LPS Board of Education in a workshop scheduled for:

Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:15 p.m.
Education Services Center
5776 S. Crocker Street
Littleton, CO 80120

Dr. Meltzer will present research findings that show a later school start time positively impacts teenagers’ alertness, mental health, wellness and behavior in high school and middle school, which means students are better prepared to learn. Dr. Meltzer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health.

Conversations about the possibility of changing school start times began last spring with 30 parent/community meetings and 22 staff meetings throughout the school district. In addition, nearly 6,000 parents, staff and secondary students participated in a survey about potential changes to school start times. The LPS Board of Education asked the Long-Range Planning Committee to further study the issue and to provide the Board with recommendations in November 2017.

Visit the Long-Range Planning Committee page to learn more.  

We hope to see you at an upcoming open house!