Parents and students of Newton High Schools: “Say NO to 3:45 High School Dismissal Time"

Parents and students of Newton High Schools: “Say NO to 3:45 High School Dismissal Time"

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Newton High School Families started this petition to Mayor of Newton Ruthanne Fuller and

1. With the proposed 3:45PM dismissal time beginning in the fall of 2021, student-athletes may miss 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours of class time for each away game. This will mean missing tests, labs, work-group assignments and critical classroom time…..all of which is difficult to make up. This proposal will have a significant impact on student-athletes (about 1/3 of student population), and will place them under additional academic stress.

2. We believe in later start time for high schools, and students can profit from getting extra sleep. There are better proposals to achieve that objective that don't include the 3:45PM dismissal time. There is a high percentage of students who need to work after school or pursue academic or personal enrichment, including theater arts/music, debate teams and various other extracurricular activities, some of which also require early dismissal. 

3. This proposal may create new challenges on working parents when their work day begins between 8:00AM-9:00AM.  We need to support all the families including working parents in Newton. 

4.Parents report that with the current later start time, their high school age students are now staying up later than they ever have.  If kids know that school doesn’t begin until 1 hour and 20 minutes later than it typically did, they’re just going to stay up later……it’s simply human nature!

We look forward to your response and appreciate your attention to and leadership on this issue. 

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