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  • Students share thoughts at focus group meeting RHS Students at Oct. 30 Feedback Session: We Feel More Rested

    Radnor High School students packed the faculty lounge to share their thoughts on the new 2019-20 school schedule on Oct. 30. With a show of hands, every student in attendance felt the new schedule's benefits outweigh its challenges. Students stated they felt more alert and less stressed in the morning, among other positives. Traffic, busy lunch periods, and shortened community periods were some concerns. Administrators in attendance, including Superintendent Batchelor, stressed that many of the expressed issues were on their radar and that adjustments may need to be made as the year progresses. Most of all, they thanked the students for their perspectives and candor.

About the New 2019-20 Schedules

  • For the 2019-20 school year, the RTSD community begins an initiative years in the making. With the goal of positively impacting student health, the district has adjusted its school schedules to support and encourage more student sleep. This is a first step; improving sleep and overall student wellness are two focuses this year. Together with parents, guardians and staff members, we can make sure all of our students feel rested and ready this school year and beyond.

    RADNOR HIGH SCHOOL
    Start: 8:30 a.m.
    End: 3:10 p.m.

    RADNOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 
    Start: 7:50 a.m.
    End: 2:40 p.m.

    ITHAN, RADNOR & WAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
    Start: 9:07 a.m.
    End: 3:40 p.m.

The Sleep and School Start Time Study

  • Radnor Township School District is committed to promoting and sustaining the safety, academic achievement and mental and physical health of our students. Over the past several years, there has been significant mounting scientific evidence that chronic adolescent sleep loss has become a public health issue.

    In testament to these findings, many major prominent national health organizations (see "Resources" below) have issued related official policy statements and recommendations. More recently, the following national organizations have issued the same declarations: the National Parent Teacher Association; the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

    In June 2017, in response to this issue also garnering board and administrative concern and under the direction of Superintendent Mr. Ken Batchelor, the district named the exploration of student sleep needs and school start times as one of its 2017-18 "priority projects,” with a recommendation to be released by administration by the end of the 2017-18 school year. The recommendation will follow an investigation on the topics of student sleep and school start time by a committee comprised of RTSD staff members, parents, students and community members.

    For more information, contact sleep@rtsd.org.

The Sleep and School Start Time Committee

  • The RTSD Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Committee was formed by district administration in response to the results of a district survey completed by approximately 500 community members on the topic. Approximately 100 respondents requested to be considered for membership on the committee. The selected participants are listed on the right under "Study Committee Members."

    The three major questions from the survey were:

    • What do you think would be beneficial about starting high school later in the morning?
    • What are the concerns you have about starting high school later in the morning?
    • What general comments, questions, or concerns do you have that you would like the committee to address?

Purpose of the Sleep and School Start Time Committee

  • When officially designating adolescent sleep and school start time an area of study for the 2017-18 school year, Radnor Township School District Superintendent Ken Batchelor assigned the following purposes to the Study Committee:

    • Understand and educate the community about the identified national public health issue of chronic sleep deprivation in adolescents and the contributing factors and consequences;
    • Evaluate the impact on Radnor;
    • Present a report and recommendations to the RTSD Administration and Superintendent by the end of the 2017-18 school year

Members of the Sleep and School Start Time Committee

  • RTSD Students
    Tobey Le - RHS Student
    Scott Massey - RHS Student
    Ryan Movsowitz - RMS Student
    Ryan Oliver - RHS Student
    John Sutherby - RHS Student (Radnorite Articles)
    Lauren Yang - RHS Student (Radnorite Articles)
    Annabel Zhao - RHS Student

    RTSD Parents
    Eileen Bookbinder - Parent
    Erin Croke - Parent
    Sarah Fox – Parent
    Pamela Kenney - Parent
    Jacqueline Kloss, Ph.D. - Parent
    Alicia Kolber - Parent
    Thomas Le - Parent
    Michelle Leonard - Parent
    Katherine Moore - Parent
    John Reilly - Parent
    Kristen Ressler - Parent
    Rachel Ebby-Rosin - Parent
    Shobha Sharma - Parent

    RTSD Community Members
    Vicki Boettcher - Community Member
    Laura Foran - Community Member
    Roberta Winters - Community Member

    RTSD District Employees
    Kenneth Batchelor - Superintendent
    Camille Baker - RES Teacher
    Dan Bechtold - RHS Principal
    Sue Dahlstrom - WES Librarian
    Christine Dougherty - RMS Teacher
    Michael Friel - RHS Athletic Director
    Elyse Goldberg - WES Teacher
    John Hearn - RTSD Director of Transportation
    Doug Kent, Ed.D. - RMS Assistant Principal
    Edward McCallion - RMS Teacher
    Carl Rosin - RHS Teacher
    Anthony Rybarczyk, Ed.D. - Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning
    David Stango - RHS Assistant Principal
    Jessica Verguldi-Scott - RHS Teacher

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Ongoing Feedback

  • All Radnor community members are invited to share their feedback at sleep@rtsd.org.