School Start Times

New School Start Times

New School Start Times are being considered to enhance optimal student learning based on brain development and sleep cycles, especially in adolescents. On February 13 at 6:30 p.m. the Board will hold a Public Hearing regarding the considered times for the community to come express their views. 

In addition to optimal student learning, we have also taken into consideration the bus routes and daylight savings times, as well as extra-curricular activities, work schedules, nutritional needs and much more. We also must consider the instructional time at school with the state requiring 76,500 minimum minutes of instruction each year. Each school day will be 450 minutes per day based on the approved 172 days of school for a total of 77,400 minutes per year. Should the district pursue and approve a District of Innovation plan that includes an alternative school calendar for 2017-18, the times may change if additional days are added.

Essentially we are flipping the elementary and high school schedules while the middle school ends 15 minutes earlier.

Considered New Start Times:
Early Childhood Academy Pre-K 7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Elementary Schools K to 5th grade 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Middle Schools 6th to 8th grade 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
High School 9th to 12th grade 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Doors open times:
  • Elementary Schools - 7:00 a.m.
  • Middle Schools - 7:30 a.m.
  • High School - 8:00 a.m.
"medical evidence suggests that an early school start time before 8:30 AM is a greater culprit because classes are occurring when students’ brains and bodies are still in biological sleep mode." See Minnesota Study below.


Public HEaring

2016-17 School Start Times

Early Childhood Academy Pre-K 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Elementary Schools K to 5 th grade 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Middle Schools th to 8 th grade 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
High School th to 12 th grade 7:30 a.m. – 2:54 p.m.

In order to ensure your child’s safety before and after school, we ask that students be dropped off in the morning no earlier than allowed times:

  • Elementary Schools - 7:30 a.m.
  • Middle Schools - 7:30 a.m.
  • High School - 7:00 a.m.

Pick-up for students must be arranged for the time that school dismisses. Supervision of students is not provided before or after these times.

​Levatta Levels
Levatta Levels, Assistant Superintendent 
200 E. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto, Texas 75115 
Phone (972) 274-8212 Ext. 214 
Fax (972) 223-3791 
llevels@desotoisd.org