To: Dr. William McKersie, Superintendent, Debbie Applebaum, BOE, Peter Bernstein, BOE, Jennifer Dayton, BOE, Laura Erickson, BOE, Gaetane Francis, BOE, Barbara O'Neill, BOE, Lauren Rabin, BOE, and Peter Sherr, BOE

Later School Start Times for Greenwich, CT students

We call on the Greenwich Board of Education and Superintendent McKersie to officially recognize the compelling and vast body of research regarding teen sleep and its implications for student health, well-being, and academic success by agreeing to implement later school start times no later than the 2017/18 academic year. The high school and middle schools should begin as close as possible to the American Academy of Pediatric's recommended guideline of an 8:30 start, and no district school should begin before 8:00 a.m.

Why is this important?

We want healthy and safe school hours for ALL Greenwich students.
When teens get the required 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep:
• School attendance goes up
• Tardiness decreases
• They sleep less in class
• They have fewer car accidents
• They visit nurses and counselors less often
• They report less depression and irritability
• They suffer fewer concussions and sports injuries
Starting school early, without a doubt, undermines optimal health and success.