Late Start Information

Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration TimeDuring the 21-22 school year Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration Time will be held twice per month (except for September). All neighborhood schools will start exactly two hours after the regular start time.

Late Start dates during the 2021-2022 school year are on the following Wednesdays:

  • September 22, 2021
  • October 13, 2021
  • October 27, 2021
  • November 10, 2021
  • November 24, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • December 22, 2021
  • January 12, 2022
  • January 26, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • February 23, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
  • March 23, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • April, 27, 2022
  • May 11, 2022
  • May 25, 2022

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).

All Appleton Community 4K morning and afternoon classes are canceled. All Early Childhood Special Education and Title I Preschool morning classes are canceled. Afternoon classes will be held.

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, and Fox River Academy do not participate in Monthly Two Hour Late Start Collaboration Time.
Free Before School Program on Late Start Days for Elementary Students
The Appleton Area School District provides a free before school program on Late Start days for elementary students. The program is offered from 8:00 - 10:10 a.m. at each elementary school on Late Start days.

If you wish to have your child participate in the Late Start Before School Program please fill out the registration forms sent home with your student at the beginning of each semester. 

Elementary students who participate in the program MUST be registered and arrive at school between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. This is to ensure adequate staffing, program quality, and student safety.
Looking for additional Late Start Before School Program Registration Forms?

Forms are located on your school's website. Click on Families, then Forms and then Late Start Before School Program Registration.


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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