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School Start Time Initiative


In January 2016, the Barrington School Committee approved changes to the school schedules, primarily to adopt later start times at the middle and high school. Like many school districts across the country, Barrington has undertaken this initiative in response to a growing body of research, as well as comments from parents and students, about the personal and academic benefits of later sleep time for adolescents.

In order to accommodate the schedule changes at the secondary level this requires the district to adjust school schedules at the elementary level as well.

In March 2016, the School Committee voted to delay implementation of the new schedules to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, in order to ensure greater stakeholder involvement in implementation planning. To that end, the School Committee also formed an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, charged with submitting to Superintendent Messore by November 1, 2016 a comprehensive implementation plan for the change in start times.

Tentative School Schedules, Effective 2017-2018
Barrington High School 8:30 am — 3:00 pm
Barrington Middle School 8:36 am — 2:54 pm
Hampden Meadows School  9:05 am — 3:30 pm
Nayatt Elementary School 8:00 am — 2:25 pm
Primrose Hill School 8:00 am — 2:25 pm
Sowams School  8:00 am — 2:25 pm
School Start Time Advisory Committee
The Superintendent presented the School Start Time Report to the School Committee on November 3, 2016.  The report was an overview of the implementation plan for the change of school start times commencing in the 2017-2018 school year.
Due to the charge being met by the Superintendent and the Ad Hoc Start Time Committee the School Committee on December 15, 2016 voted unanimously to dissolve the SST Ad Hoc Committee.  The Superintendent recommend in its place the establishment of the Superintendent’s School Start Time Advisory Committee.  There would not be any additions to membership and the committee continues to meet monthly to provide the Superintendent with feedback and assistance towards implementation.  The Advisory body will remain a non-decision making body and strictly serve in an advisory role to the Superintendent.

The School Start Time Advisory Committee represents a variety of stakeholder groups affected by the changes in school schedules, including parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members. Its members applied for the positions and were selected based on a rubric established by the School Committee.

  • School Committee Members: Anna Clancy
  • District Officials: Superintendent Michael B. Messore III; Ronald Tarro, Director of Administration and Finance; George Finn, Director of Athletics and Student Transportation
  • Principals: Jim Callahan; Tracey McGee; Andy Anderson; Joe Hurley
  • Teachers: Mary Roberts and William Barrass
  • Parents: Maraidh Thomson; Stephen Buka; Scott Douglas; Rachel Baldwin
  • Students: Sam Read and Christopher Sarli
  • Community Member: Maura McCrann
Work to Date
The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee met regularly from July 2016 to November 2016 to discuss, among other matters:    
·         The benefits and challenges associated with the new start times;
·         Develop a range of communications strategies, including information to be distributed to parents, website updates, opportunities for public engagement, and regular updates to the community;
·         Benchmarks from other districts in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine that have implemented later start times;
·         Findings from surveys conducted by Challenge Success;
·         Preliminary bus transportation plans;
·         Alternative schedules for common planning time and other faculty meetings;
·         Adjustments to athletics programs, including games and practices, as well as community use of fields and athletics facilities;
·         Impact on other extra-curricular activities;
·         Options for before and after-school child care;
·         Each stakeholder group represented on the committee (e.g., parents, students, teachers, administrators) also had an opportunity to raise specific challenges and concerns that were addressed in the final report that was submitted to the School Committee on November 3,2016;
·         The School Start Time Ad Hoc Committee was dissolved on Thursday, December 15, 2016 by the Barrington School Committee;
·         On December 15, 2016, The Superintendent created the School Start Time Advisory Committee to aid in Phase II of the SST initiative.   
The Superintendent welcomes any questions or comments and can be contacted at
Click on the links below to view data and report from the Ad Hoc Committee, as well as other documents related to school start times.

 School Start Time Advisory Committee Information


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