Four chances for Chesterfield residents to weigh in on school start times

(Image courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Schools)
(Image courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Schools)

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County School Board will hold four community meetings for residents to share their thoughts on proposals to change school start times.

Research conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that students who don’t get enough sleep often suffer from physical and mental health issues, an increased risk of car accidents and a decline in academic performance.

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In response to these medical findings, the AAP recommends that middle and high schools start later than they currently do in Chesterfield County. There are three potential options on the table. You can see them all by clicking here.

All of the following meetings will start at 7 p.m. in the respective school’s auditorium:

  • Oct. 24 at Swift Creek Middle School for residents living in the Clover Hill and Midlothian magisterial districts, as well as in the western part of the Matoaca District
  • Nov. 1 at Matoaca High School for residents living in the eastern and southern parts of the Matoaca District
  • Nov. 2 at Thomas Dale High School for residents living in the Bermuda District
  • Nov. 10 at Bird High School for residents living in the Dale District

School division staff members and School Board representatives will discuss the following proposed starting time changes, along with the possibility of putting afterschool programs at the elementary school level to provide support for parents who need assistance with helping students:

The school division will release an electronic survey about school starting times next week.Residents unable to attend these meetings may submit feedback via email to

After the school division engages with the community on this topic, Superintendent James Lane will make a formal recommendation to the School Board during the upcoming budget cycle in January 2017. No permanent changes would go into effect until the 2018-19 school year at the earliest.

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