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Help Make Later Start Times A Reality!

ACTION ITEM:  Please stay engaged! We will need to continue to actively support the school board's work to reach its goal to start high schools after 8:00 a.m. to benefit the health, well-being, and performance of students. With strong consensus, the board agreed to post Superintendent Garza's preferred plan as New Business on September 18th. The preferred plan for implementation in 2015-2016 is a significant improvement over the current situation. In addition, Dr. Garza indicated her goal to continue working to get the middle school start times closer to 8 a.m. in the future! The board expects to vote on the final plan in October. This timeline allows plenty of lead time for Fairfax families and stakeholders to adapt personal schedules. 

TALKING POINTS TO SHARE:

72 of 95 counties in Virginia start high schools at 8 am or later! 

Results for students with later high school start times:
    • Fewer teen car crashes
    • Less depression and a decreased need for medications to treat depression
    • Decreased drop-out rates and improved attendance 
    • Fewer behavior problems or disciplinary referrals (interruptions to instruction)
    • High school students gain sleep - gains are commensurate with the shift in start times
    • Students are less likely to fall asleep in class or while doing homework and the school day better coincides with a time of day when students are awake and alert and prepared to learn
    • More sleep means better sports performance and fewer sports injuries
    • The return on investment is worthwhile: Brookings Institutution economists report that improved performance is equivalent to two extra months in school

    Thank you so much for your support for later start times!

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