Pinellas survey: High school parents split on changing start times
Forty-nine percent of Pinellas high school parents are satisfied with current start times, while 51 percent are not, according to the results of a recent district survey obtained today by The Gradebook. When asked when they would prefer their child's start time to be, 42.9 percent said the current time, 0.5 percent said earlier and 56.6 percent said later.
High school staff appear split, too: 57.5 percent said they're satisfied with the current time, 42.5 percent said they're not. Asked their preference, 53.9 percent said current time, 0.4 percent said earlier and 45.7 percent said later.
Pinellas has long wanted to adjust the 7:05 a.m. start times for high schools.
Former Superintendent Clayton Wilcox tried in 2005, but backed down in the face of intense opposition from parents. This year, district officials are already talking with principals at Gibbs, Boca Ciega, Lakewood and Dixie Hollins high schools about later starting and ending times.
The survey asked parents, staff and students about school start times, dress codes and early release Wednesdays. There's a lot to wade through, and frankly we haven't done that yet. By all means, dive in and tell us what results you think stand out. You can see all the results by clicking on the link below.
The district originally said the results would be compiled by the end of January and given to the school board in time for its February retreat. The date on the report says Feb. 1.
The Gradebook asked for the results several times. District spokeswoman Andrea Zahn said school board members received the results Friday.