Welcome to Start School Later
West Hartford, CT!
Rachel Gary is the mother of an 8th grader who at one time took a pre-7:00 AM bus. Her keen interest in scientific research led her to several studies confirming the serious health implications of sleep deprivation in teens, overwhelmingly caused by early school start times.
In discussing her concerns with her son’s school district, Rachel realized that it would take a cooperative effort from parents, administrators, lawmakers, and the community in order to insure the health and happiness of Central Connecticut’s students, so she launched Start School Later Greater Hartford, CT.
Rachel is a communications and public relations specialist with Hartford Public Library, and serves as the Library representative on Hartford’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communications Committee. She is a passionate advocate for a number of social justice, animal welfare, and environmental causes, and is privileged to be able to drive her son to school each morning so that he can sleep an extra half hour.
To contact the Greater Hartford, CT chapter, please fill out the contact form on this page.
"... adjusting start times to the recommended 9 a.m. will require changes for the many employees, businesses and transportation services that function around existing high school schedules, and that undoubtedly will meet resistance. But at what cost do we remain at the status quo? Is not the health and well-being of our children more important than the inconvenience of change?"
- Rachel Gary, Op-Ed in Hartford Courant, October 27, 2014