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.
The following Letter to the Editor was published on June 25, 2015 in the Capital Gazette.
Thank You to County Executive Steve Schuh, who included the purchase of transportation software to improve Anne Arundel County Public School’s bus routing, pickup/drop off times, and bell time efficiencies in his supplemental budget. We would like to also extend a Thank You to the Anne Arundel County Council for including not just the required money for the transportation software, but perhaps more importantly, an additional $600,000 for implementation of later high school start times in AACPS’s budget.
We further appreciate the Board of Education’s leadership on the school start time issue. Their budget request for funding of software and additional transportation money for implementation, demonstrates their commitment to later start times by August 2016. The Board of Education recognizes that students should be in school when they're alert and ready to learn, rather than at a time that is both developmentally and biologically contrary to what growing minds and bodies require.
Much work must be done by AACPS to implement this challenging, but necessary, change. Both AACPS and the community-at-large will need to be actively engaged in the potential solutions with new thinking. We look forward to collaborating with the county's elected officials, the community, the Board of Education, and Superintendent George Arlotto, to ensure that the revised school start times will meet or be close to the recommendations that no school start before 8 a.m. (2014 Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Maryland Department of Education Study) and no middle or high school start before 8:30 a.m. (American Academy of Pediatrics),
We are grateful that this is the last year that sleep-deprived public high school students in our County will be waking before dawn and walking to bus stops along still-dark streets to meet school buses with pick-ups as early as 5:30 a.m., in order to be seated in class by 7:17 a.m. for the earliest high school start time in Maryland. (Capital 6/18/15 “School will start later in 2016-17”)
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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 parent 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. Check out our Facebook Group, too!
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The complete results of the 2014 Anne Arundel County School Start Times Task Force are available from the link above.
Two-thirds of respondents were in favor of some kind of start time change!
5:30 AM Bus? It's True!
Some county high school students have bus pick-ups as early as 5:30 am this year - and they are expected to be at the bus stop 10 minutes earlier (5:20 AM).
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