Ashland, Massachusetts

Ashland, MA joins many towns in Massachusetts looking to move start time forward.

“Saying that students will be healthier, the School Committee agreed Wednesday night to push back the starting time for students in grades 7-12 for the 2017-2018 academic year. “Change is always hard and there’s no easy way to change what we do,” said Jane Greenstein, member of the School Start Times Committee. “Our decision was not made in a vacuum.” The motion to adopt the change, made by School Committee member Marc Terry, said classes would not start earlier than 8:15 a.m. The committee chose to vote on a range of time rather than a specific set of times to allow the public the opportunity to adjust to the idea.”