• Petitioning Northshore School Board

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Northshore School Board
School Board
Dawn McCravey
School Board District 4
Sandy Hayes
School Board District 2
Janet Quinn
Office of Superintendent
Northshore School District
School Board District 1
Kimberly D'Angelo
School Board
Amy Cast

Start high school later

    1. Wendy Reynolds
    2. Petition by

      Wendy Reynolds

      Kenmore, WA

At 7:20 a.m., the Northshore School District (NSD) has the earliest high school start time in the region. Research shows that very early high school start times, such as in NSD, reduce sleep sufficiently to negatively impact academic performance and health. We believe that solutions exist to move high school start times later. As such, we request that NSD administration consider a modest adjustment immediately and work toward more substantial changes in start times for subsequent years that may include work on labor contract issues.

Recent signatures


    1. School Board Positions 1, 4 & 5 up for reelection.

      Wendy Reynolds
      Petition Organizer

      Please consider running for school board if you are in one of these districts. It would be great to have a late start supporter on the school board! Filing is this week.

    2. Tell the Surgeon General that Kids are Walking to School in the Dark

      Wendy Reynolds
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Start School Later Supporter,

      The U.S. Surgeon General is accepting public comments on how to get Americans walking with the Everybody WALK! campaign. This is a great chance to share thoughts about the dangers of early school start times in your community. But hurry! We only have until April 30th to share our insights.

      We know early school hours mean that many students are walking in the dark - or are unable to travel on foot because their families decide it's safer to drive them, or opt to drive them to offset interrupted sleep time. We now have a rare opportunity to get unsafe, unhealthy school start times on the national radar screen - but we only have a few days!

      To get more information on the Everybody WALK! campaign CLICK HERE. Once on the page, use "Click Here to be Heard" button on the lower right side of the page to send a comment to the Surgeon General.

      Feel free to use personal experiences to explain how unsafe, unhealthy school hours force children (often sleep-d

    3. PALS October 2012 Update

      Wendy Reynolds
      Petition Organizer

      PALS: Parent Advocates for a Later Start time
      October 2012 Update:

      At the Northshore School District board meeting last June, with the outstanding support of Dawn McCravey and Todd Banks, the board directed transportation staff to meet with the PALS committee and look at completing the 20 minute later HS start simulation that was started in February 2012. After meeting with the transportation department in July, the PALS committee now await the final details of this simulation, which will show costs involved in moving start times. Once PALS has this data, it will be made available to all those who support a later start time via the media and also via the PALS petition site: http://www.change.org/petitions/northshore-school-board-start-high-school-later?share_id=kqhGNQKOEM&pe=d2e.

      Northshore School Board: Start high school later

      At 7:10 a.m., the Northshore School District (NSD) has the earliest high school start time in the region. Research shows that very early high school...

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Email School Board by May 19 to support the 7:30 start time next year

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      • Thank you for signing the PALS petition. However, the school board is not going to take action unless they hear from you AGAIN that you will support this modest change of 20 minutes next year. PALS is asking you to please email the school board at schoolboard@nsd.org NO LATER THAN MAY 19 and state if you support the 7:30 start next year with a goal of a later start in the future.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Write your Senator to Start High School Later

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      The delegation from Start School Later delivered our petition today to the Washington, DC offices of Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. Now that we have the attention of these members of Congress, it’s critical for them to hear from their constituents about the importance of making safe, healthy school start times a priority. The more letters, emails, faxes, and phone calls they get from constituents, the better. Here’s how you can reach Senators Murray and Cantwell:
      Senator Patty Murray, 448 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2621Fax: 202-224-0238 Toll Free: 866-481-9186 Email: Web Form: www.murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm
      Senator Maria Cantwell, 311 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-3441 Fax: 202-228-514 Toll Free: 888-648-7328 Email: HTTP://Cantwell.senate.gov

      Visit the PALS facebook page for sample letters to write your senator about the importance of starting our high schools later. http://www.facebook.com

    8. PALS continues to work for later high school start times

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      We are not done yet! The PALS group is meeting today to talk about how we move forward. We will also be looking at ways to gain more support for later school start times. At the moment we have over 900 signatures on our petition.

      Please go to our petition site http://www.change.org/petitions/northshore-school-board-start-high-school-later?share_id=kqhGNQKOEM&pe=d2e
      or facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/112424038826467/ for updates

      Thank you all for your support.


    9. NO later high school start time

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      Our school board voted to table discussion of later high school start times. Two members asked for a survey of our community to see if later high school start times are what the majority wants. But, that was voted down. PALS will re-group with a newly energized group of parents to continue to ask our school board to start high school later.

    10. High School Start Time - Please help on March 27!

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      We need your help on March 27 to tell the Northshore School Board that our
      high schools start too early! This may be our last chance to advocate to make changes for the 2012-3 school year.
      The Board will decide whether to continue work on attaining a later high school start time at their 7pm meeting on 3/27. Please arrive before 7pm to the Northshore School District Administration Building at 3330 Monte Villa Parkway in Bothell. Bring your teens and others you know who support this issue! There will be an opportunity for attendees to make 3-minute public comments -- comments from students are particularly influential! Even if you don't want to speak, do come to show your support.
      Make your voice heard for a later high school start time!

      We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. PALS will be meeting with NSD trans. dept. to analyze suggestions

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      The school board has asked the district to look at various ways to start high school later, using the district's transportation software to model various scenarios. We are looking forward to this opportunity to work with NSD to explore making high school start later.

    13. School board to discuss start times tomorrow Tuesday 11/8 at 4 pm

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      Join us at 4 pm at 333 Villa Monte Parkway Bothell to advocate for a later high school start time. The school board will solicit statements from the community - you will have the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes on why you support a later start time. Or just come and sit in support of our petition.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. CDC Report Says Teens Not Getting Enough Sleep

      Alene Fisher
      Petition Organizer

      Study after study shows that teens are not getting enough sleep. It is imperative that we get our district to adopt a healthier start time.

    16. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Camille Brady KENMORE, WA
      • 2 months ago

      It is documented that latter start times improve student learning. Early start times began many years ago across the nation so older students could help with family farms. It is a tradition and counterproductive to increased student learning. Later start times also mean older students will have less unstructured after school time which is when older students tend to cause trouble.

    • Marty Wick WOODINVILLE, WA
      • 5 months ago

      With kids playing sports the time for homework allows even less time for sleep it seems criminal to force the kids to get up after only 5-6 hours of sleep.

    • Cathy Benson WOODINVILLE, WA
      • 5 months ago

      High School students who participate in "0" period jazz, who are getting up and at school by 6:15 each morning already. Research has demonstrated High School students perform better with later start times.

    • Roarke Martin CHAPPAQUA, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Academics come first, sports comes later

    • Lisa Hetherington KEMPTVILLE, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      And they aren't eating...no time to.


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