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You're Invited: Community Forum on School Start Times

School start times video

Updated March 10, 2023

Downingtown Area School District has spent several years investigating how to realize healthier school start times for our students. The district administration is considering a 20-minute shift in school start times for all K-12 students beginning in the 2024-2025 school year*.

Students, staff, families and community members are invited to attend a community forum with district leadership to learn more about the 20-minute proposal. The evening will include a presentation on healthy sleep practices from Penn Medicine physician and sleep expert Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH, as well as an opportunity to provide your thoughts, questions and concerns prior to a potential board vote on April 12. Your feedback will be shared with all board members. 



  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023; 6:30-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:10)
  • Lionville Middle School Cafeteria (550 W Uwchlan Ave, Exton, PA 19341)

To learn more about the steps we have taken, to review the research and to get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit

*The original post mentioned the implementation of a 20-minute shift beginning in Fall 2023. After receiving additional feedback from stakeholders, administration presented a proposal to make the change at the start of the 2024-25 school year during the March 8, 2023 School Board Meeting.