CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cuyahoga Falls High School students will wake up for school at the time they do now, at least for the next two years.
The school board unanimously voted Wednesday night to postpone a decision on changing the start of school to a later time, and to discuss the issue again during the 2020-21 school year.
The district had considered moving the high school start time from 7:45 a.m. to 8:25 a.m., and adding a zero period time at 7:45 a.m. Homeroom would then be changed from its current 7:45 a.m. to the proposed start time of 8:25 a.m., said Kevin Vargyas, associate principal at the high school. Vargyas said during his May 2 presentation to the board that research shows that later start times improves school performance, as well as reduces tardiness and absences.
However, several school board members expressed concerns that the end time, 3:20 p.m., would create difficulties since that is the same time that the elementary schools end. In addition, the later start times could create a hardship for parents who had to arrive at work early and don’t have schedule flexibility.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC