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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Survey: Parents Negative or Mixed About Early Start Times, Teachers Mostly Favor It

A survey about the controversial Westport school start time issue released today shows that parents with children at two schools initiating earlier start times this year either have negative or mixed feelings about it, but staff members at the schools mostly favor it.

In addition, a district-wide survey found that parents mostly support a 15-minute later shift in start and ending times while staff members mostly oppose it.

The results were released at an afternoon meeting of the School Start Time Committee. Asked his reaction to the survey, Schools Supt. Elliott Landon had a one-word response: “interesting.”

At a December meeting of the Board of Education, several board members suggested the panel consider a compromise 15-minute change something that also had been raised earlier this year but rejected.

The board was scheduled to hear the Start Time Committee’s report at its Feb. 4 meeting.

Two schools ֖ Coleytown Middle School and Coleytown Elementary School started classes a half-hour earlier beginning in September to save money on transportation costs.

The move sparked an outcry from parents who said the decision meant their children would get less sleep and also suffer academically.

The issue was hotly debated during the November election for three board seats.

The results as released by the committee:

                                                                                                                                                                         
Coleytown Elementary School Survey Results   - PARENTS:
  239/324 Families responded to the survey
Question 1: My experience with the early     start time at CES has been (positive, negative mixed)   ( 241)
 Total Percentage
Positive6225.7
Negative8635.7
Mixed9338.6
The mixed experience answered question   2 as follows:
  (five people chose a different answer)
Easy1213.6
Hard… Satisfactory now5158.0
Struggle2528.4
Question 2: My family has found the early start     time at CES (Easy to adjust to; Hard at first but     satisfactory now; A consistent struggle to adjust   to) (236)
Easy6527.5
Hard… Satisfactory now6527.5
Struggle10644.9
Question 3: In the next school year,   I would like to see the school hours at CES:  (248)
  (some   people selected two responses)
7:30 – 2:15114.4
8:00 – 2:456534.3
8:30 – 3:1513454.0
9:00 – 3:45187.3


 

                                                                                                                                               
Coleytown Elementary School Survey Results     - STAFF:
  27/56 Staff responded to the survey (48.2%)
Question 1: My experience with the early     start time at CES has been (positive, negative mixed)   (27)
 Total Percentage
Positive1763.0
Negative311.1
Mixed726.0
Question 2: In my work with students,     I have found the following to be true (Students seem     consistently tired throughout the day; Students starts     off the day a bit tired but quickly get on track for     the rest of the day; I have seen no significant difference     in student focus or alertness between students on     our current schedule and those in my prior Westport     experiences; I have no prior experience to contrast   with this year at CES.)  (28)
Consistently tired310.7
Tired, but get on track621.4
No significant difference1967.9
No prior experience00
Question 3: In the next school year,   I would like to see the school hours at CES:  (26)
7:30 – 2:15311.5
8:00 – 2:451765.4
8:30 – 3:15519.2
9:00 – 3:4513.8


 

                                                                                                                                                                         
Coleytown Middle School Survey Results     - PARENTS:
  305/444 Families responded to the survey (68.7%)
Question 1: My experience with the early     start time at CMS has been (positive, negative mixed)   ( 305)
 Total Percentage
Positive6621.6
Negative13945.6
Mixed10032.8
The mixed experience answered question   2 as follows:
  (five people chose a different answer)
Easy1820.0
Hard… Satisfactory now4448.9
Struggle2831.1
Question 2: My family has found the     early start time at CMS (Easy to adjust to; Hard at     first but     satisfactory now; A consistent struggle to adjust   to) (300)
Easy7324.3
Hard… Satisfactory now6020.0
Struggle16755.7
Question 3: In the next school year,   I would like to see the school hours at CMS:  (320)
  (some   people selected two responses)
7:30 – 2:157423.1
8:00 – 2:4516551.6
8:30 – 3:156319.7
9:00 – 3:45185.6


 

                                                                                                                                               
Coleytown Middle School Survey Results     - STAFF:
  30/54 Staff responded to the survey (55.6%)
Question 1: My experience with the early     start time at CMS has been (positive, negative mixed)   (30)
 Total Percentage
Positive2170.0
Negative00.0
Mixed930.0
Question 2: In my work with students,     I have found the following to be true (Students seem     consistently tired throughout the day; Students starts     off the day a bit tired but quickly get on track for     the rest of the day; I have seen no significant difference     in student focus or alertness between students on     our current schedule and those in my prior Westport     experiences; I have no prior experience to contrast   with this year at CMS.)  (30)
Consistently tired13.3
Tired, but get on track413.3
No significant difference2480.0
No prior experience13.3
Question 3: In the next school year,   I would like to see the school hours at CMS:  (29)
7:30 – 2:152172.4
8:00 – 2:45827.6
8:30 – 3:1500
9:00 – 3:4500


 

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISTRICT-WIDE (“15 MINUTE”)   SURVEY
District-Wide (“15 Minute”)   Survey - PARENTS
1863/3193 Families responded to the   survey (58.3%)

Parents were asked to indicate one response       to the following questions:

   

         
  • I support a 15-minute later       shift in start and ending times for all schools
  •      
  • I           oppose a 15-minute later shift in start and       ending times for all schools
  •      
  • I have no opinion regarding       this potential shift.
  •  
 TotalPercentage
"I support ... "124566.8
"I oppose ... "47125.3
"No Opinion"1477.9
by School Breakdown-Parents 

ELEMENTARY - Coleytown

  215/337 Families Responded to the Survey (63.8%)

Support 15 Min.17681.9
Oppose 15 Min.2712.6
No Opinion125.6

ELEMENTARY - Greens Farms

  249/399 Families Responded to the Survey (62.4%)

Support 15 Min.14156.6
Oppose 15 Min.8935.7
No Opinion197.6

ELEMENTARY - King’s Highway

  193/339 Families Responded to the Survey (56.9%)

Support 15 Min.13569.9
Oppose 15 Min.4824.9
No Opinion105.2

ELEMENTARY - Long Lots

  287/465 Families Responded to the Survey (61.7%)

Support 15 Min.16356.8
Oppose 15 Min.9934.5
No Opinion258.7

ELEMENTARY - Saugatuck

  234/352 Families Responded to the Survey (66.5%)

Support 15 Min.14863.2
Oppose 15 Min.6527.8
No Opinion219.0

MIDDLE - Bedford

  206/363 Families Responded to the Survey (56.7%)

Support 15 Min.13867.0
Oppose 15 Min.5325.7
No Opinion157.3

MIDDLE - Coleytown

  151/252 Families Responded to the Survey (59.9%)

Support 15 Min.11475.5
Oppose 15 Min.2919.2
No Opinion85.3

SECONDARY - Staples

  332/686 Families Responded to the Survey (48.4%)

Support 15 Min.23470.5
Oppose 15 Min.6118.4
No Opinion3711.1


 

                                                                                                                 
DISTRICT-WIDE (“15 MINUTE”)   STAFF SURVEY
  (340/560 Professional Staff- 60.7%)
SCHOOLSUPPORTOPPOSENO OPINION
Green’s Farms3333
King’s Highway6172
Long Lots3301
Coleytown Elementary1290
Bedford113110
Staples274313
Adm.3241
TOTAL79 (23.2%)220 (64.7%)41 (12.1%)


 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURVEY ADDENDUM: Parent Survey
The following is a brief analysis of     a subset of the Coleytown Elementary and Coleytown     Middle School Parent surveys dealing with parents’ experiences     in the first year of each school being on an earlier     clock. For CES, school has started at 8:00 A.M.; for     CMS, it has started at 7:30.

This breakout specifically looks at the responses       of parents in each school who responded “Mixed” to       the second question of each survey (“My experience       with the early start time at [CES or CMS] has been       . . . [Positive, Negative, Mixed]?”)

   

The collators were asked to look at each survey       in which a respondent responded “Mixed” to       determine how they responded to the next question       (“My family has found the early start time       at [CES or CMS] . . . [Easy to adjust to, Hard at       first but satisfactory now, A consistent struggle   to adjust to].”

 

Following are the results for each school:

Coleytown Elementary School

   

93 Parents responded that their experiences with     the early start time at CES were “Mixed.” These     93 parents then responded to the next question as     follows:

 TotalPercentage
“Easy to Adjust to”1213
“Hard at first but Satisfactory now”5155
“A Consistent Struggle to Adjust to”2527
[Other written responses]55

Coleytown Middle School

   

100 Parents responded that their experiences with       the early start time at CMS were “Mixed.” These       100 parents then responded to the next question       as follows:

 TotalPercentage
“Easy to Adjust to”1818
“Hard at first but Satisfactory now”4444
“A Consistent Struggle to Adjust to”2828
[Other written responses]1010

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Thank you, WestportNow, for posting the full results of the survey.

You have performed a real public service by doing so (couldn’t find similar on the school website).

WestportNow is quickly becoming a valuable resource for our community. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Westport parent on January 30, 2004 at 04:02 PM | #