School Start time

2018/2019 . School Start Times:
Elementary: 8:15-2:30 - Doors open at 8:00
Middle School: 8:30-3:00 - Doors open at 7:45
High School: 8:30-3:05 - Doors open at 7:30

 Timeline for New School Start Times

  • Winter 2015 to Spring 2016 - Wellness Committee created; met regularly to complete preliminary research and create Google surveys to gauge community feedback on the general feelings towards changing school start times


  • Late Spring 2016 - Google survey links distributed electronically to parents, guardians, students, and staff by Wellness Committee



  • Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 - School Start Times Implementation Task Force created; met regularly to determine the best path(s) forward for Watertown Public Schools to implement new start times, including determining impacts to the School Department's budget, student busing, before- and after-school extracurricular programming and athletics, etc.





  • September to October 2017 - Feedback on proposed specific start time scenarios from parents, guardians, students, and staff collected via Public Forums and Google surveys


  • October 23, 2017 - Superintendent's Memo on feedback from recent forums and surveys presented to School Committee; vote taken by School Committee to approve a change in school start and dismissal times beginning in September 2018