2023-2024 School Start Times

Greetings SJLES Families,

During its Feb. 23 meeting, the Howard County Board of Education adjusted the start times of schools for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no impact to the current school year. All changes will take effect in August. 


The exact start time for each school will be determined this spring and shared with the community as transportation routes are finalized. However, SJLES is part of Tier 3, which means our school start time will be approximately 9:15 next school year. If your child will attend a different school next year, the start times for all schools can be found on the HCPSS website. 


I want to reiterate the words that HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano shared: “finalizing and fully implementing this plan will be a months-long process.” Much more information will be provided to students, staff and families from HCPSS and our school throughout that process. 


I encourage you to read more about the process to evaluate school start times on the HCPSS website. I know you may have questions; however, please note that there are many impacted pieces as a result of this decision and all details will not be available right away. We are working with HCPSS central office staff on the logistics related to the implementation, and additional information will be provided to you as it becomes available.   


Thank you for your continued care and support of our students and your on-going partnership. 



Dan Notari

SJLES Principal



Friday, February 24, 2023 (All day)