School Start Time Research Committee

Why are we reviewing school start times? In recent years, student sleep and school start time have become topics of national attention and conversation. The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all underscored through research the importance of sleep and appropriate school start time for teenagers.  On October 19, 2019, the Joint State Government Committee Report:

Sleep Deprivation in Adolescents: The Case for Delaying Secondary Start times

As always, Bristol Township School District is committed to promoting and sustaining the mental and physical health of our students. Clearly, a student’s health is impacted by his or her ability to get a good night’s sleep. While no decision has been made to alter school start times, there is compelling information and research that has led to our decision to formally evaluate this topic and explore options. This is an exploratory committee. No decisions have been made.

To thoroughly investigate these important topics, the District established a committee of 20 members comprised of BTSD staff members, parents of high school students, students at Truman and community members. The committee will meet through the 2020-2021 school year. Committee members will help develop a survey for the school community, offer recommendations and present their findings. 

Committee Meeting Dates:

December 4, 2019

January 9, 2020

January 21, 2020

February 20, 2020

March 18, 2020

April 23, 2020


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