To: Joshua Starr, Superintendent and Montgomery County, MD's Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education

Changing Montgomery County, MD's High School Start Times to 8:15 AM or Later.

We respectfully request our school board to officially recognize the large and compelling body of research regarding teen sleep and academic achievement, and, with a resolution, to set a goal to start high schools in Montgomery County, MD, after 8:15 AM.

Why is this important?

When teens get the required 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep:
• School attendance goes up,
• Tardiness decreases,
• They sleep less in class,
• They get in fewer traffic accidents,
• Visit nurses and counselors less often, and,
• Report less depression and irritability.
Starting school before 8:15 AM, without a doubt, undermines optimal academic achievement.


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  • Personally, I'm a night owl and having late starts for my elementary school students is lovely, but all the research shows that earlier start times for the younger children, and later start times for the teens in high school is better for learning and rest. Logistically, it's also better for working parents since the teenagers can get themselves to school alone, but the elementary school students need someone to watch them until 9am, when working parents, ideally, would already be at work....
  • Starting schools later is in the best interest of our children and their physical and mental health. Please help make this happen.