After 16 months of studies and surveys, the School Reform Task Force recommended Dublin City Schools push back the starting time for high school students by at least 45 minutes.

After 16 months of studies and surveys, the School Reform Task Force recommended Dublin City Schools push back the starting time for high school students by at least 45 minutes.

The task force, which included staff, administration, parents and a student, gave Dublin school board members an overview of studies they looked at, comparisons to other districts in the state and the results of surveys given to students, parents and staff.

While the task force recommended pushing the start time of high school back by at least 45 minutes, it did not recommend an earlier start time for elementary school students or middle school students.

The current school day starts for high school students at 7:25 a.m., with the first bus pick up at 6:19. Middle school student start school at 8:15 a.m., with the first bus pick up at 7:15 and elementary students are picked up as early as 8:15 for their 9:05 start.

Superintendent David Axner is not required to accept a change in time for the school day, but said he anticipates doing so.

The next step will be looking into different times to start the day, feasibility and costs of implementing a change. Axner said more information will likely go to the school board in January.