Late Start Information

Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration TimeLate Starts will be held during the 20-21 school year second semester only for students in grades 5K-6 on the following Wednesdays:

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, April, 28, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Late Start before school care will be different than prior years due to the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club staffing commitment to the grade 5-12 Learning Link program and the need to maintain safety/mitigation strategies such as adequate physical distancing.

Before school care on Late Start days will be limited to the students who are enrolled in the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club Extended Day Learning Program. The hours of the Extended Day Learning Program on Late Start days will be extended from 8:10 AM to 10:10 AM. 

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.

All neighborhood elementary schools will start exactly two hours after the regular start time. For example, if the elementary school normally begins at 8:27 a.m., the Late Start day would begin at 10:27 a.m.

All Appleton Community 4K morning and afternoon classes are canceled (with the exception of March 24 and April 28 where UW Oshkosh Head Start will hold regular classes). All Early Childhood Special Education and Title 1 Preschool morning classes are canceled. Afternoon classes will be held.
Appleton Bilingual School, Appleton Public Montessori, Classical Charter School, and Fox River Academy do not participate in Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration Time.
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.? The district has worked with our current Extended Day Learning Program providers (Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA) to plan no-cost programming at each of our elementary school sites. This option will be publicized to families at each site. In order to make use of this option, families will need to be registered.

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.

Why late start and not early release to provide additional collaboration time?
Early release in the afternoon would mean that middle and high school students would have two hours of ‘down time’ prior to after-school activities since most coaches/advisors would be involved in professional collaboration time. This could create supervision issues at the school sites and in the community. With a late start schedule, middle and high school students could use the time to get additional sleep and support child care needs at home for younger siblings.

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