Welcome to Start School Later Maryland!
Our Goal: Safe and healthy school start times for all public school students in Maryland
Maryland is home to the headquarters of Start School Later, Inc. The state has five chapters that are working in their local communities and together.
The 2014 and 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, administered by the Maryland Department of Health on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control asked a question of Middle and High School students about number of hours slept during weeknights. Data is broken down for each county and Baltimore City, by age, grade, gender, and race.
How do you know if your student is sleep deprived? Pediatric sleep specialists can help. Some sleep doctors may use screening questionnaires to assist them in understanding your teen's sleep-wake cycles.
What is the difference between early and late starting schools for absenteeism, graduation rates, and standardized test scores? Click either image to download the PDF.
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What time do Maryland's public High Schools and Middle Schools start? The average 2022-2023 high school start time is 7:56 a.m. The average 2022-2023 middle school start time is 8:15 a.m. Both of which are 2 and 4 minutes later respectively, than in the 2017-2018 school year.
How do Maryland Schools Compare to 2016's Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours? See below.
Maryland School Start Times News
- October 9, 2018: A high school student fatality as a Harford County student ran to catch his school bus at 6:42 a.m. as civil dawn was just beginning.
- September 28, 2018: The Washington Post publishes a column by SSL MD in their "Closer to Home" section.
- September 25, 2018: Lignaore Lance (Liganore High School's school newspaper) publishes an opinion piece on school start times.
- August 28, 2018: Frederick News Post reports that the Frederick County Board of Education's request a new analysis of potential school hours.
- August 22, 2018: Frederick County BOE directs staff to conduct an evaluation of the proposed start times of high school at 8:00 AM, middle school at 8:30 AM, and elementary school at 9:15 AM.
- August 8, 2018: Frederick County's Board of Education holds a workgroup to discuss its CAC report. (Agenda Item 1.22 -must use drop down menu to access withihin BoardDocs to see agenda, meeting minutes, and video)
- July 11, 2018: SSL MD testfied before the Frederick County Board of Education (Agenda Item 6.04-must use drop down menu to access withihin BoardDocs to see agenda, meeting minutes, and video)
- June 21, 2018: SSL MD and SSL Baltimore County met with Secretary Abed of the Department of Juvenile Services about his January 2018 testimony before the General Assembly about school start/release times.
- April 7, 2018: A guest blog is published via Salisbury weatherman Dan Satterfield's page hosted on the American Geophiscal Union (AGU), "Beyond Daylight Savings Time."
- February 14 and 28, 2018: The Frederick County Citizens Advisory Council recommended altering school bell schedules. The report is here. At the following meeting, the Board of Education approved a motion asking their Transportation Department to provide options meeting their parameters "7:30 am. is the earliest start time parameter, high school students go to school last and they go to school between 9:00-9:15 am. "
- January 17, 2018: The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services recommends later start/end times to the House Judiciary Commitee as a way to counter the spike in teen crime between 3 and 7 p.m.
- November 30, 2017: Frederick County Public Schools is considering a pilot program for the Walkerville feeder systems with later start times.
- November 2017: The Enterprise in St Mary's County discusses school start times, followed by an article about evening high school expansion on November 10th (For non-subscribers, read the article here.) In response, a letter to the editor by SSL MD is published on November 29th. (For non-subscribes read the letter here)
- October 2017: SSL MD testifies before the Maryland Board of Education (October 24th) and Kirwan Commission (October 25th, speaker #10).
- August 2, 2017: SSL's letter to the editor of the Star Democrat was published in response to a July 26, 20017 article in the Star Democrat . The letter and article focus on the National PTA resolution on school start. For non-subscribers, read the article here.
- July 26, 2017: SSL MD testifies before the Maryland Commission for Innovation and Excellence, aka the Kirwan Commission.
- Spring 2017: Frederick County's Linking Youth to New eXperiences (LYNX) program at Frederick High School, which will allow for flexible schedules is funded by the Maryland General Assembly. See a list of related news articles here.
- April 27-28, 2017: SSL MD attended the Adolescent Sleep, Health, and Start Time Conference in Washington, DC.
- April 25, 2017: SSL MD testified before the Maryland Board of Education.
- April 12, 2017: SSL MD attended the presentation of the interim report on start times by the Frederick County Citizens Advisory Council to the Frederick Board of Education.
- March 7, 2017: The Dorchester Star writes about the upcoming Adolescent Sleep, Health, and Start Time Conference conference and interviews representatives from Caroline and Talbot Counties.
- March 5, 2017: SSL MD wrote to all Board of Education Members and Superintendents about the Oranger Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours.
- March 5, 2017: SSL wriote a letter to Comptroller Franchot aout the economic impact of later start times. Here was the Comptroller Office's response, suggestion it was a local issue.
- January 15 and March 1, 2017: SSL MD invited all Board of Education members and Superintendents across the state, MD PTA, MABE, and PSSAM to attend Adolescent Sleep, Health, and Start Time Conference to be held in April in Washington DC.
- December 12, 2016: SSL MD wrote a letter to the Baltimore City Health Commissioner.
- December 5, 2016: SSL MD testified before the state Board of Education.
- October 17, 2016: SSL MD wrote a letter to Governor Larry Hogan comparing his executive order on post-Labor Day starts to the need for healthy and safe school hours.
- October 4, 2016: Baltimore Sun published our Letter to the Editor on chronic absenteeism.
- August 2016: Psychiatric News discussed Start School Later and Maryland's Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours
- May 25, 2016: The Calvert Recorder published our Letter to the Editor in response to their Orange Ribbon article.
- May 11, 2016: The City of Crisfield website reported on the Orange Ribbon Bill.
- May 4, 2016: The Calvert Recorder wrote about the Orange Ribbon Bill and Calvert County's eligibility. The article was adapted/published May 12th to apply to all southern Maryland counties.
- May 2, 2016: The Huffington Post discussed the Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours.
- April 26, 2016: SSL appeared on WYPR's (Baltimore's NPR affiliate) Midday program "Should Schools Push the Snooze Button"
- March 29, 2016: Education Week and the K-12 Contrarian discussed the Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours.
- February 17, 2016 The Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours was discussed on the Voxitatis Research Foundation blog.
- June 19, 2015: Southern MD News publishes a letter to the editor regarding school start times in Calvert County.
- August 11, 2015: The Baltimore Sun reports that Harford County updates its bus routing software.
- April 4, 2014: The Washington Post reported on the Maryland Legislature passing a bill that requires the Maryland Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene and Maryland State Department of Education to study school start times.
- March 10, 2013: Baltimore Sun reports on a bill to study school hours. The article includes reference to bell times in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Howard, and Montgomery Counties. The legislation passed the house as reported by the Capital Gazette on March 27th.
- January 17, 2013: Frederick County tasked a committee to research school start times, according to a Southern MD News article.
- October 4, 2011: The Calvert Recorder discussed teen sleep and school start times.
- September 23, 2011: The Carroll County Public Schools moves high school start times 5-10 minutes earlier to 7:30 to save transportation money for the 2012-2013 school year.
- August 22, 2011: A Letter to the Editor of the Calvert Recorder makes the case for later middle and high school start times.
- November 24, 2003: Frederick County Board of Education discuss Bus Schedule options (Agenda Item 2.02). A Report and Summary of Costs were provided.
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