Welcome to Start School Later
Anne Arundel County, MD!
The Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours (House Bill 39/Senate Bill 224)
was signed into law by Governor Hogan on April 26th!
This legislation is the first of its type across the U.S. supporting school districts implementing change. Here is our press release.
Learn more about why local districts need state support in this effort.
On April 20th, Dr. Arlotto presented two new start time plans to the Board of Education. One plan assumes only the $602,000 already allocated for later start times while the second plan will assume the $602,000 plus the $1.4 million requested for Fiscal Year 2017.
Healthy and safe start times for ALL students
The American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S Centers for Disease Control recommends that middle and high school schools start no earlier than 8:30 am. All AACPS high schools currently start at 7:17 am. Only 5 of 19 AACPS middle schools have start times after 8:30 am.
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Get an update on what progress we are making towards healthy and safe school hours.
Watch our Facebook page for updates, attend Board of Education meetings, sign up for our e-mail newsletter, sign our petition, volunteer with our local group, and talk to your friends and neighbors about safe and healthy school hours!
Where we've been and where we're going...
provides an overview of important time points in the upcoming budget approval and decision-making process for changing school start times and a history of Start School Later in Anne Arundel County.
Includes downloadable flyers and infographics to read and share. Summary of the science supporting later school start times, a side-by-side comparison of the schedule of an Anne Arundel County high school student with a student in VA who has a 9 AM start time, testimony from families on the negative impact of current school start times, ideas for creative solutions to solving this issue, and more!
Current Efforts and News
On April 26th, Governor Hogan signed HB 39 Orange Ribbon Bill into law. SSL AACO attended the bill signing.
On April 20, 2016, SSL AACO Testified at the Board of Education meeting. We were also interviewed by WBAL prior to the meeting and release of new start time proposal.
On April 11, 2016, SSL AACO witnessed the Maryland Senate vote on the Orange Ribbon Bill, which had previously passed the House of Delegates.
On April 6, 2016 SSL AACO testified at the Board of Education meeting.
On March 25, SSL AACo and SSL Howard County met with a representative in Governor Hogan's Policy office.
On February 22, 2016, Anne Arundel County was included in Time Magazine's article "Why schools are struggling to let students sleep in."
On February 17, 2016, the Board of Education voted 7-2 to include $1.4 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for later start times for the 2017-2018 school year. Use of transportation software and critical thought will define how much of a shift in start times this money, combined with $602,000 previously allocated, will achieve. We issued a press release on February 19th.
A Guest Column in the Capital was published on February 16, 2016, listing the community benefits from safer and healthier school hours.
Online survey results published by AACPS on February 16, 2016.
Start School Later attended the AACPS Start/Dismissal time forums on February 2nd, 4th, and 8th. We re-presented a copy of our petition for healthy and safe hours at the February 3rd Board of Education meeting.
Start School Later testified before the Maryland General Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Senate Bill 224/ House Bill 39-Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy Hours on January 28 and before the Senate Education, Health, and Environment committee on February 3, 2016
Start School Later attended the budget workshop on January 19 and and testified on January 20th at the Board of Education meeting.
Start School Later issued a press release in response to the proposed school start time changes for 2017-18 announced on Jan. 12, 2016. We were also interviewed by WMAR ABC2 News Baltimore for our reactions to this proposal.
We met with Dr. Arlotto, Superintendent of Schools on January 15th and Bob Mosier, AACPS spokesperson on January 11th.
A local opinion editorial was published by the Washington Post on January 8, 2016
Start School Later testified at the January 5th and 7th Budget Hearings and January 6th Board of Education Meeting.
A guest column was published in the Capital Gazette on January 1, 2016.
Start School Later issued a press release in response to the proposed FY 17 budget on December 17th, 2015. We were also interviewed by WBALTV's Tim Tooten for his segment on the BOE meeting.
Start School Later testified at the Board of Education's meeting on December 16, 2015. Dr. Arlotto included Option A to be implemented in August 2017, in his proposed FY17 budget.
Start School Later testified at the Board of Education's meeting on November 18th, 2015.
A Letter to the Editor was published on November 6, 2015 in the Capital Gazette.
Start School Later testified at the Board of Education's meeting on November 4, 2015.
Start School Later attended the Board of Education's meeting on October 21, 2015. Thirteen audience members spoke in favor of moving middle and high school start times later. The two best speakers were a high school freshman and her mother. Watch them here.
Start School Later attended the Board of Education's Workshop on Start Times on October 20, 2015. Fairfax and Montgomery Counties presented on their change in school times. You can watch it here.
A Letter to the Editor was published on October 13, 2015 in the Capital Gazette.
A Letter to the Editor was published on September 4, 2015 in the Baltimore Sun.
A Letter to the Editor was published on September 3, 2015 in the Bay Weekly (not online, see adjacent photo).
A Letter to the Editor was published on August 28, 2015 in the Capital Gazette.
Start School Later testified at the Board of Education meeting on August 19, 2015.
Start School Later met with Dr. Arlotto, Superintendent of Schools on August 17, 2015.
A Letter to the Editor was published on June 25, 2015 in the Capital Gazette.
5:23 AM Bus? It's True!
Some county high school students have bus pick-ups as early as 5:23 am this year - and they are expected to be at the bus stop 10 minutes earlier (5:13 AM).
Sports AND a Later Start Time? What?
How to Get Involved
Our 12 local high schools now start at 7:17 a.m. (the earliest start time in the state of Maryland, and one of the earliest in the country) and end at 2:05 p.m. Various groups of parents and other activists have been working to change these hours since the late 1990s.
Ensuring healthy school hours for the children in this county will depend on local as well as state and national efforts.
For more information or to get involved in the effort to move Anne Arundel County Public Schools, please fill out the contact form on this page.
What you can do to help Anne Arundel County Start School Later:
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