Students at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School will have a little more time on Wednesday mornings before they have to head to school, starting Aug. 30.

Dr. Jeffrey Hartmann, principal, said the delayed starting time is to give teachers time "to study data regarding student academic performance, collaborate to improve instructional practices, devise and/or improve common assessments, and provide targeted interventions to struggling students."

"Such routine collaboration times will also allow us to remove daylong department meetings, which means teachers will not miss class with your student," Hartmann said. "Schools that have implemented such programs have experienced tremendous academic growth. In addition, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, and other area school districts have adopted similar models to improve student success."

Morning bus schedules will be unaffected, and students who need bus transportation will have a supported study hall from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Hartmann said.

"These weekly two-hour delays are also an optimum time for student medical appointments and follow-ups which further improve teacher and student contact time," he said. "We are very excited for this pilot opportunity and are looking forward to the schoolwide benefits as well as the benefits your student will experience."

The first day for all high school students is Aug. 23. There is a freshman welcome day on Aug. 22, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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