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DO NOT make Laurel Ridge Elementary's start time any later than it is.

    1. Jeneen Cohen
    2. Petition by

      Jeneen Cohen

      Fairfax, VA

Laurel Ridge Elementary School (LRES) is due to have their start time changed from 8:50 to 9:10 starting in September 2012. This 20 minute difference will drastically change the quality of life for many families. With this time difference many people will be unable to keep their jobs, as it will have them arriving at their place of employment after 9am.

As if the time change at the start of school is not enough of a challenge for families of young children, after school is even more of an issue. With this time change LRES students will not be released until 3:50. LRES is primarily a walking district. A very small percentage of our students rely on a Fairfax County bus to transport them to and from school. Additionally, we are an immersion school, which also does not have the luxury of bus service, like the AAP schools do. We have parents that drive from the Clifton and South County districts to attend the immersion program at our school.

Even if you live in Kings Park West and drive your child to school in the morning, walking home will no longer be an option. In the winter months it will be close to dusk, and unsafe.

It was only 2 years ago that a lengthy, comprehensive, and expensive sleep study discussion went on concerning bell schedules. The sleep study focused on high school students, but the impact form/study/discussion allowed everyone to comment. An overwhelming majority of LRES parents participated in the study and said that a later bell time would negatively impact their family. If the high school bell schedule hasn’t changed, why has ours?

These are the youngest children in the school system. Realistically, they should get to school the earliest, because they go to bed the earliest. Many of them are not legally allowed to stay home alone for a period of time. This means they are the group that most heavily relies on their parents to get them to and from school.

As a country our children do not get enough exercise, this time change will allow for even less opportunity. As it is, there is little time between homework and dinner to play outside. This time change will allow fewer children to participate in organized activities (church, sports, county classes, etc.) as well.

Many of the families at LRES are currently dual income and working hard to keep up with the financial demands of this area.  Homeowners have voted over and over again to raise property taxes (percentages) in order to keep the school budget in line. It is absolutely appalling and disgraceful that, by all accounts, this decision was made without notice or concern for the families involved.

This time change places an unreasonable financial strain on my family and many others.

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    2. Decision-maker Schultz responds:

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      I had forwarded a response and wanted to ensure the Be posted, pcommunity was able to read it - could it


    3. Decision-maker Schultz responds:

      Schultz

      Thank you to the Laurel Ridge ES community for taking the time to express concerns to the School Board regarding the recently announced, unexpected bell changes for the upcoming 2012-12 school year.
      FCPS staff has indicated they proceed...


    4. Decision-maker Schultz responds:

      Schultz

      Thank you to the Laurel Ridge ES community for taking the time to express concerns to the School Board regarding the recently announced, unexpected bell changes for the upcoming 2012-12 school year.
      FCPS staff has indicated they proceed...


    5. Decision-maker McLaughlin responds:

      McLaughlin

      Dear Laurel Ridge Elementary School Community,

      Thank you for contacting me about the proposed bell schedule change for Laurel Ridge Elementary School. To date, I have received over 125 emails from concerned parents. As a long-time ed...


    6. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Michelle Norton FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      If Laurel Ridge time is changed my job will be adversely affected, I am to clock in 9:00 every day with this time change I will be unable to keep my job and will have to find other employment . Also I wonder why Bonnie Brae elementary school which is located down the street from Laurel Ridge and in the Robinson school area is starting at 8:10. While a Laurel Ridge student has to start an hour later at 9:10 how does this make sense in what why will this help families, teachers and students. I hope our start time is not changed at all or better yet, start our school earlier.

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    • jeremy fregoso FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Changing the start time would be a drastic upheaval of our current work and child care schedules! 99% of the parents I know in the neighborhood would be in a tough predicament because of the change.

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    • Alexia Small FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I agree with all of the previously mentioned comments. The 8:50am start time is already too late for elementary-aged children who are exhausted by the end of the school day. Consider nearby Oak View ES begins at 8:10am. The negative consequences of further delayed start times at LRES are many and impact all areas of life for our families by complicating logistics with work schedules, transportation, and supervision and by limiting time for necessary activities that stimulate health, wellness, personal, social, emotional, and spiritual devopment. Further, the KPW community may not be as desirable for homebuyers concerned with education especially when they may easily choose homes in neighboring communities where elementary schools have reasonable start times. The majority of rising 7th grade students from LRES attend Robinson Secondary School whose start time is 7:20am. That is, almost two full hours earlier than the proposed start time. I am interested in attending the Town Hall Meeting at LRES on June 11th to hear the research (if any) that warranted even the suggestion of a further delay in the start time at LRES.

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    • Bradley Hanson SPRINGFIELD, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am in the military and my wife is a teacher at Robinson Secondary School. We both are required to be at work by 7am. As it currently stands, our daughter already has to wake up at 6am to get her to before care. She is already awake for close to 3 hours before her school day begins. Another 20 minutes later before the start of the day doesn't make any sense. Elementary kids should start earlier because they tend to go to bed earlier and wake up naturally by 7am. Why make them wait 2-3 hours to start the day when they are fresh and ready to go by 8am or so? When I was in sixth grade, the afternoon bell was 3:55pm. That year was literally depressing in the winter months because it was dark by the time I got home. The school district wised up after just that one year.

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    • Andra Western FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Personally I was hoping the start time would be delayed for my 2 Robinson students and the elementarty kids would be left alone. The current start time for LRES is fine but any earlieri will make it very difficult to take early appointments and classes.

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