Welcome to Start School Later
Anne Arundel County, MD!
Please fill out the online AACPS survey on Superintendent Arlotto's proposed hours. While the proposal isn't perfect, there are many benefits,
which the status quo does not provide.
2016 Maryland Legislature is taking up the issue of healthy and safe school hours with House Bill 39/Senate Bill 224-Orange Ribbon Bill.
Learn more about why local districts need state support in this effort.
On December 16th, 2015, Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent Arlotto submitted his Fiscal Year 2017 budget request.
It is Option A from the Task Force, to be implemented in August 2017.
On January 12, 2016, details were released about AACPS's community outreach forums and proposed bell schedule for all schools.
This is our press release in response to the proposed bell schedule for 2017-18.
This is our press release in response to the budget proposal.
Email the 2015-2016 AACPS Board of Education and Superintendent Arlotto
Email County Executive Schuh and County Council Members
Healthy and safe start times for ALL students
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 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.
We met with Dr. Arlotto, Superintendent of Schools on January 15th and Bob Mosier, AACPS spokesperson on January 11th.
Start School Later testified at the January 5th and 7th Budget Hearings and January 6th 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.
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.
5:30 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).
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:
-Like 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