Modified Option CC Adopted for the 2014-2015 School Year

Following months of study, discussion, and review of public feedback, the Davenport Community School District Board of Directors, voted to adopt Start Time Option CC, with modifications for earlier start and dismissal times, for the 2014-2015 school year. Modified Option CC was considered a good compromise as it addressed the following concerns:

  • Equalizes instructional time for our schools, some of which are falling as much as 72 hours below the required 1,080 hours of instructional time.
  • Moves the high school start times 25 minutes later in keeping with significant research showing the benefits of a later start time for high school students. Sleep deprivation in teens has been shown to impair their abilities to solve problems and retain information.
  • Elementary school students will have the earliest start time, allowing parents to see their youngest children safely to school and also offering the support of older siblings who have later start times.
  • This option generally keeps start times similar across the various grade levels.

Thank you to all who participated in this process. We’re aware that change is always difficult and there is no one solution that will meet everyone’s needs. However, the transparency of this process allows us to examine the issues together and look for solutions whenever possible.