By Richard Bammer
Vacaville Unified’s new school start times plans are increasingly taking shape.
Secondary schools, that is, high schools and middle schools, will start no earlier than 8:20 a.m., with elementary school start times beginning no earlier than 8 a.m., Mark Frazier, the district’s chief academic officer, told the governing board last week.
As he did in previous updates on this matter, he noted that research supports delaying start times for secondary students, since a vast majority of them are sleep-deprived, findings that align with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Costs are expected to be “neutral,” according to the text of his slide presentation, “or increase our costs by no more than $50,000 as compared to current costs for the 2016-17” academic year, Frazier noted during a computerized slide presentation Thursday in the Educational Services Center.