Keep Wildcat Way School Hours at 8:15-3:15; 7:15 is too early for preschool

Keep Wildcat Way School Hours at 8:15-3:15; 7:15 is too early for preschool

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Shaun Sethna started this petition to Spring Branch ISD

The Wildcat Way School (Spring Branch ISD in Houston, TX) is tentatively planning on shifting the school day an entire hour earlier than it is currently – from 8:15-3:25 to 7:15-2:15. Per the above Facebook post, the decision to change the hours is not final.

Please sign to indicate your opposition to the change.  The key reasons I oppose the change are below, but I am sure there are others that may be more significant to different families.  

Most importantly, repeated studies (including by the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics) have shown that children benefit substantially from later school times – ideally, 8:30 AM or later.  The benefits are both education related – i.e., in a better, more alert frame of mind to learn – and health-related – i.e., more likely to get adequate sleep.  I have researched but have not found any evidence to the contrary.

Having the school day start so early at Wildcat Way is not properly preparing a preschooler's body/mental clock for starting at elementary school the following year (which start later).  By having a schedule so different from his eventual academic schedule, I am less confident that Wildcat Way will be an effective preparation for elementary school.

The timing of the announced change is problematic.  Given the above concerns, I would have strongly considered other pre-school options.  However, the majority of other preschools that we would have considered are already full, leaving us with no acceptable other option.

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