Welcome to Start School Later Barrington, RI!
Welcome to Start School Later Barrington, RI, Start School Later's 66th local chapter and its third in Rhode Island.
The Barrington School Committee has been actively exploring the issue of school start times since 2011. In January 2016, the School Committee voted to shift the high school from a 7:40 a.m. start to an 8:30 a.m. start for the 2016-2017 school year. Unfortunately, in March of 2016, the School Committee voted to postpone implementation of later start times until the 2017-2018 school year.
The Barrington RI chapter is committed to supporting our School Committee's implementation of safe and healthy start times for our students beginning in the fall of 2017.
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School Start Time
"I have attended at least two of the recent meetings where this issue was discussed... As a mother of rising high schoolers, I felt uncomfortable with the tenor of the opposition that rested less on evidence and reasoning and more on myth, misconception and cherry picked, specious data. I work hard to instill in my own children (and in my own students) the importance of civil discourse. I certainly understand that sometimes in the heat of the moment and in the face of grave social injustice our communication can get emotional. However, in this particular case, I saw more of a bullying tone by stakeholders that do not wish to change a system that is working for them even when it is not in the interest of the greater good of the community. I urge you to stand by your decision, stay the course and demonstrate that Barrington is a community that is forward thinking and prioritizes the health and well-being of our children."
- AR, Barrington resident, excerpt from an email to the school board. (Used with permission.)