Most Recent Progress Update
March 21, 2019
Since our Sleep and School Start Time Committee presented its initial recommendation of adjusted school start times at the November 13, 2018 Curriculum Committee meeting, there has been significant progress in refining the recommendation as a result of additional research and extensive feedback from various individuals and groups, including parents, students and staff members.
As a result of this additional work, the committee is now prepared to present a final school start time recommendation to the School Board at the Board’s monthly business meeting next Tuesday, March 26. We do not anticipate a Board vote on the recommendation at this meeting. The earliest possible vote from the Board would occur at the April 23 business meeting.
You can view the presentation that will be provided to the Board as part of the meeting's agenda here.
As we enter this next phase of the study, we will again be seeking feedback from parents and community members regarding the final recommendation. We will be scheduling these meetings for early April and will provide our community with the dates, times and locations. We invite those who are interested in the latest information from the committee to continue visiting this dedicated section of our webpage. You can also share your thoughts via email email@example.com. In the coming days, an updated timeline and an addendum to the Sleep and School Start Time Report will also be posted on our website.
We thank all parents and community members who have provided feedback to date. Your perspectives have greatly helped shape our years’ long study of school start time and our subsequent recommendations. We look forward to sharing updated information with you.
Kenneth E. Batchelor
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.
Up-to-date information on the progress of the Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Study and general information on these topics will be shared on this webpage.
For more information, contact Committee Chair Dr. Anthony Rybarczyk, RTSD Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the 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 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
In an effort to capture the thoughts of RTSD constituents regarding Adolescent Sleep/School Start Time, the committee has created an email address to gather community input. Please send comments to email@example.com. The committee will consider all comments as part of its ongoing research.
Sleep Health Tip of the Week
Streamline Mornings: Organize for the next day the night before by picking out clothes, gathering school supplies, and packing lunch
Study Committee Members
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
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