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Chester County, PA!
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There are 12 public school districts in Chester County.
Only two of them have changed their start times so far.
The first to do so was Unionville Chadds Ford School District in the southern part of the county.
The Chester County Intermediate Unit Board sponsored a study by the Chester County Youth Forum, supported by industry experts, to study this issue over the 2015-16 school year. They confirmed the health benefits of starting times of 8:30 or later and found solutions to busing, after school activities, and child care concerns.
Unionville High School student Matthew Daniels, led a SSL student chapter, and was successful in changing the high school start times for his school during his senior year, so he was not able to experience the benefits himself.
The start times were changed for the 2018-2019 school year and the district is happy with the results.
The second district is Phoenixville Area School District, which voted in January, 2019 to move start times later for the 2019-2020 school year.
Parents in Owen J. Roberts School District have been working on this issue for over three years. Currently, the Pupil Services Committee of the school board has decided to form a Task Force to study the issue further.
Other districts will, hopefully, join in soon and begin to look at how they can address this serious public health issue in their schools.
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