Petition Closed

We ask that you prioritize this "start school later" initiative, establish a committee to examine the logistics and other details, and engage the community in a discussion about this proposed change.

This petition had 217 supporters


An indisputable body of research shows that early morning school start times are simply bad for teenagers.  Studies indicate that by pushing start times after 8:00 a.m. (between 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. are the ideal), test scores and school performance go up due to improved alertness, memory, attention, and cognitive processing skills. Depression and anxiety rates go down. There is a reduced risk of obesity, eating disorders, and diabetes, as well as better immunity and overall health. Teens that get an adequate amount of sleep show a reduction in alcohol and drug abuse. Sports teams perform better and players get fewer injuries. Tardiness, delinquency, and drop-out rates are reduced. Car accident rates go down.

Cole Middle School and East Greenwich High School simply start too early (Cole:  7:35 a.m, EGHS:  7:33 a.m.)  Most buses pick kids up before 7 a.m., often in the dark.  At the high school, students must arrive for music practice at 6:35 a.m.  Given the administration’s goal of being a top 100 school district by 2018, later start times is one step towards improving students’ overall well-being, as well as improving academic performance.   

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/to-keep-teenagers-alert-schools-let-them-sleep-in/?_php=true&_type=blogs&smid=pl-share&_r=0

 

 

 

http://egreenwichnews.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/parent-group-pushes-for-later-start-for-middle-high-school-students/

 

http://www.startschoollater.net/ri---east-greenwich.html 

 



Today: Start School Later- East Greenwich, Rhode Island is counting on you

Start School Later- East Greenwich, Rhode Island needs your help with “East Greenwich School Committee: We ask that you prioritize this "start school later" initiative, establish a committee to examine the logistics and other details, and engage the community in a discussion about this proposed change.”. Join Start School Later- East Greenwich, Rhode Island and 216 supporters today.