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Annapolis, MD - The Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours, the first legislation in the nation to recognize school systems for healthy and safe school hours, was signed into law today in Maryland. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Delegate Aruna Miller (D-Montgomery County)—with a companion bill cross-filed by Senator Bryan Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel County)—becomes effective July 1st of this year.
Annapolis - The Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours, the first legislation in the nation to recognize school systems for healthy and safe school hours was signed into law today in Maryland. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored as HB39 by Delegate Aruna Miller (D-Montgomery County)—with a companion bill cross-filed by Senator Bryan Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel County)—becomes effective July 1st of this year.
In an historic collaboration, separate school boards in Southern Maine voted simultaneously to adopt later school day start times. Next school year, Biddeford, Dayton, and Saco, along with Thornton Academy, will be the first districts in the state to require compliance with CDC recommendations that middle and high school start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
By voting this week to add $1.4 million to the existing $600,000 appropriated to change bell times, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education has demonstrated its commitment to the health and safety of all children in Anne Arundel County. If approved by the County, this FY2017 budget will allow the school community to change school hours in the 2017-18 school year
The American Sleep Assocation (ASA) has released a position statement calling for healthier school start times and accounding a new partnership with the national non-profit Start School Later.
Citing research on the changes in sleep patterns during puberty, the ASA, a coalition of sleep physicians and scientists, stated: "The American Sleep Association position on school start times in that middle school and high school should not start before 08:00. A time closer to 0:9:00 or later would be preferable."
Teens in Hilliard, Ohio Deserve Sleep, Health, and Safety Hilliard chapter of Start School Later launched
A new Ohio chapter of the national non-profit Start School Later, Inc has been launched in Hilliard.
"It's time for a change in Hilliard. For the sake of our children’s health and safety, we need to get in line with the CDC and AAP's recommendations of starting school later for 6th, 7th, & 8thgraders. Surrounding districts start those grades much later,” says Chapter Leader Leslie Drexel.
Starting School Later: Is the Superintendent’s Proposal a Recipe for Failure? What’s Needed Instead…
While Start School Later Anne Arundel County (SSLAACo) is pleased that Anne Arundel County Public School's proposed bell schedule provides safe, healthy and academically appropriate school start times for high school students, we are concer
ned about significant schedule changes proposed for many elementary and middle school students and the
manner in which they are being proposed.
AACPS: Fund and Implement Healthy School Start Times for the 2016 School Year — Don't Delay to 2017
Start School Later Anne Arundel County is encouraged that Dr. George Arlotto, the Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), has heard the call from his County Council, health and education experts, and the parent community to change high school start times from the current 7:17 a.m. In Dr. Arlotto’s recommended fiscal year 2017 AACPS Budget proposal to the Board of Education, he has proposed an option to do so.
This week, the Arlington Independent School District released a fact sheet, on the strategic plan webpage, as a
summary of the 2014 School Start Time Committee. The summary doesn't accurately reflect the facts about
school start times.
Seattle has become the largest school system in the country to change its hours to meet recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control.
An action item on bell times will be introduced at the October 21 Seattle school board meeting.
In the final proposal all middle and high schools will start at 8:50 and only 3 K8’s and 10 elementary schools will have 9:40 starts.
Start School Later Seattle has advocated for earlier elementary starts and we are gratified that the final proposal established 8:00 start times for the majority of elementary schools.
The national non-profit Start School Later is challenging school officials to recognize “Walk to School Day” on October 7 by walking to school or the bus stop with their earliest starting students – typically middle or high school students.
Start School Later Advisory Board Member Paul Kelley, PhD is lead author of a newly released study that encourages schools to start after 8:30 a.m. for 10 year-olds, after 10 a.m. for 16 year-olds, and after 11 a.m. for 18 year-olds based on genetic changes in sleeping patterns that occur during adolescence.
The national non-profit Start School Later lauds the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) attention to unhealthy school start times, highlighted in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. We are delighted to see that the CDC is shedding light on this issue, which we consider a matter of public health that has been treated too long as a negotiable school budget item.
After eight months of considering all aspects of schedule changes for city students, Seattle Public Schools’ Bell Times Analysis Task Force has finalized recommendations. These recommendations will go to Superintendent Nyland and the school board. The group of 32 community members — including academic sleep experts, teachers, city and school transportation planners, public health and school nurse representatives, parents, and others — strongly recommended, by an ~85% majority vote, implementation of the “Modified Flip” option, which will shift middle and high school start times later (after 8:30 a.m.) and move elementary starts earlier (8:00 or 8:50 a.m., depending on the school).
As a national nonprofit dedicated to safe, healthy school hours, we applaud the New Jersey legislature for their unanimous passage of S2484, a bill tasking the state Department of Education with studying options and benefits of developmentally appropriate middle and high school starting times. This bill has the potential to resolve a fundamental challenge to student health and safety that local schools have been unable to resolve independently for decades.
The Arlington chapter of Start School Later is heartened by the announcement yesterday from the League of Women Voters of Tarrant County in favor of later high school start times.
Start School Later Seattle Questions the Validity of SPS’s Community Engagement Process on Bell Times
SPS is currently gathering community input on the question of changing bell times. However, there are multiple ways in which the process is flawed.
The national non-profit Start School Later endorses the Zzz’s to A’s Bill which calls for a study of school start times by the US Department of Education, and we applaud the sponsors for recognizing the economic and moral imperative to protect our nation’s greatest resource: our youth.
Concerned Massachusetts voters are speaking loudly: Change unhealthy school start times now to give our greatest assets – our children – a healthy and safe environment to learn and achieve full academic potential.
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