Late Start Information

Beginning with the 2023-2024 calendar, our current 2-hour late-start structure for teacher training will be replaced with full-day training. This means that starting with the 2023-2024 school year, the AASD will no longer have late-start Wednesdays.

Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration TimeDuring the 22-23 school year Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration Time will be held twice per month, except for December. All neighborhood schools will start exactly two hours after the regular start time.

Late Start dates during the 2022-2023 school year are on the following Wednesdays:

  • September 14, 2022
  • September 28, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • October 26, 2022
  • November 9, 2022
  • November 23, 2022
  • December 14, 2022
  • January 11, 2023
  • January 25, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • February 22, 2023
  • March 8, 2023
  • March 22, 2023
  • April 12, 2023
  • April 26, 2023
  • May 10, 2023
  • May 24, 2023

How does this affect my student's schedule?
For example, if the elementary school normally begins at 8:27 a.m., the Late Start day would begin at 10:27 a.m.

Middle and high schools will follow their published two-hour delay schedule for inclement weather (full schedule with shortened periods for middle and high schools).

Early Childhood Exceptions
There will be no Appleton Community 4K on the first late start day of each month or on the second late start days of January and May. Please refer to your 4K calendar

All Early Childhood Special Education and Title I Preschool morning classes and afternoon classes are cancelled on the first late start day of the month.

Appleton Community 4K, Early Childhood Special Education, and Title I Preschool classes will not participate in the second late start of each month. School will start at the regularly scheduled time.

Head Start students do not attend school on Wednesdays, per their school calendar.

Why do we have Late Starts?
Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration Time supports staff by expanding professional collaboration opportunities for teams of educators (i.e. regular education teachers, special education teachers, student services staff, paraprofessionals) to:

  • Analyze student data
  • Plan common assessments, curriculum, and instruction
  • Develop cross-disciplinary activities
  • Design interventions and enrichment

Late Start dates are published on the AASD district calendar.

Appleton Bilingual School, Appleton Public Montessori, Classical Charter School, Fox River Academy, Kaleidoscope Academy and Valley New School do not participate in Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration Time.

Before School Care
Before school care on Late Start days will be limited to the students who are already enrolled in the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club Extended Day Learning Program.


The bus and cab companies have agreed to follow and accommodate the published two-hour delay schedule.

District food service has created a plan so sites that currently serve breakfast in the morning can continue to do so on the monthly late start days.

Background Information
Professional collaboration is at the heart of the District’s Continuous School Improvement Planning (CSIP) process and is an integral part of a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework of instruction and support for all students.

Collegial relationships that result from collaborative work within high-functioning learning communities support continuous adult learning, the building of expertise, and the improvement of professional practice. Effective professional collaboration requires dedicated time available on a regular basis and educators sharing responsibility for the learning of all students.


What if a family cannot provide supervision for their children due to work schedules, etc.? 
Extended Day Learning Program partners provide before school care on Late Start days to the students who are already enrolled in the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club Extended Day Learning Program. 

What about Early Childhood and/or 4K classroom schedules?
The administrator(s) assigned to these areas of responsibility have developed schedule(s) to accommodate the Late Start Collaboration time.

Will this time be taking the place of common planning time that may already be built into the weekly schedule?
No. Late Start Collaboration Time is in addition to already existing collaboration blocks within building schedules and site CSIP expectations.

How can we afford to miss 18 hours of instructional time with students?
Research shows that “Teacher collaboration in strong professional learning communities improves the quality and equity of student learning, promotes discussions that are grounded in evidence and analysis rather than opinion, and fosters collective responsibility for student success” (McLaughlin & Talbert, 2006).With the increasing demands on educators at the local, state, and national levels, we can’t afford NOT to do this for our students and staff. Even with the proposed monthly late start schedule, the calendar still meets the required minutes for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) at all levels.

At the elementary level, how will missed art, music, or physical education be made up for students and staff?
Schedules have been created at each site so that those classes will not be missed on the Wednesday Late Start mornings.

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