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Healthier School Start Times

Healthier School Start Times for 2020-21

In September 2019, the Norwalk Board of Education approved a change in school start times beginning with the 2020-21 school year. The decision reflects growing national awareness of the negative impact of early school times on student physical and social-emotional health. Based on current science and a growing understanding of the importance of sleep, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have all recommended that high schools start no earlier than 8:30 am.

The Board’s approval followed a comprehensive study of the issues, impact and alternatives conducted in 2018-19 by the NPS School Start Time Committee. Convened by Superintendent Dr. Steven Adamowski at the direction of the Board, the committee was comprised of community members, parents, teachers, administrators, and medical experts, supported by a consultant in school district transportation.

The upcoming shift in school start times for Norwalk Public Schools:  

  • Aligns with sleep study research by offering a full hour of extra time in the morning.
  • Does not compromise the quality of athletics, arts and other afternoon programs.
  • Does not have a major impact on start times for other grade levels. There is no change to the current middle school start time of 8:15 am. No elementary school will begin before 8 am and most elementary schools will maintain their 2019-20 schedule.   

The full list of school start times for 2020-21 is below.

8:00 am – 2:35 pm   
Fox Run Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Marvin Elementary School
Naramake Elementary School

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kendall Elementary School

8:15 am – 2:50 pm
Nathan Hale Middle School
Ponus Ridge STEAM Academy
Roton Middle School
West Rocks Middle School 

8:30 am – 3:15 pm
Brien McMahon High School
Center for Global Studies
Norwalk High School
P-TECH Norwalk

8:50 am – 3:25 pm
Brookside Elementary School
Tracey Magnet School

9:00 am – 3:30 pm          
Norwalk Early Childhood Center

9:15 am – 3:50 pm     
Columbus K-8 Magnet School
Cranbury Elementary School
Rowayton Elementary School
Silvermine Dual Language Magnet School
Wolfpit Elementary School  


For more information, click on the resources below:  


NPS School Start Time Committee Report

Informe y Recomendaciones del Comité de Hora de Inicio Escolar Resumen Ejecutivo