Welcome to Start School Later Anne Arundel County, MD!
School Start Times will change for the 2016-2017 school year!!
But our effort is not yet complete.
The details of the change in start time are unknown.
We are advocating for the following:
No elementary school to start before 8am.
No middle or high school to start before 8:30am
No bus pick-ups before/no drop-offs after Civil Twilight.
On December 16th, Superintendent Arlotto will present his proposed budget to the Board of Education. How will school start times be addressed?
Email the 2015-2016 AACPS Board of Education and Superintendent Arlotto
Healthy and safe start times for ALL students
Present status: The American Academy of Pediatrics 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
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).
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:
-Join our Facebook page
-Follow Us @StartLaterAACo
-Email the 2015-2016 AACPS Board of Education and Superintendent Arlotto
-Sign our petition to Anne Arundel County Schools. Admittedly outdated, but still relevant.
-Subscribe to the national Start School Later newsletter