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Final School Start Time Recommendation Presented to School Board

March 27, 2019

RTSD Sleep and School Start Time Committee Recommends 8:30 AM Start at RHS, 7:50 AM Start at RMS, and 9:07 AM Start at Elementary Schools to Address Student Sleep Needs

Continuing its work of addressing student sleep needs in the district, the Radnor Township School District Sleep and School Start Time Committee presented its final recommendation of adjusted school schedules to the School Board at the March 26 monthly business meeting. A large crowd of parents, staff, community members, and students were in attendance at the meeting to hear the committee recommend the following bell schedules:

 

  • Radnor High School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (currently 7:35 a.m. to 2:27 p.m.)
  • Radnor Middle School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. (currently 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Elementary Schools: 9:07 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. (currently 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

View the full presentation provided to the Board on March 26 here. An addendum to "More Sleep for a Healthier Student," the report on the study of sleep and school start time in RTSD, will be made available shortly.

 

The Board engaged in robust discussion in response to the recommendation and did not vote on the recommendation. The earliest possible vote from the Board would take place at its April 23 monthly board meeting. The video of the meeting can be viewed here

 

Since the the committee's initial recommendation at the November 13, 2018 Curriculum Committee meeting (view video), significant progress was made in refining the recommendation due to additional research and extensive feedback from various individuals and groups, including parents, students and staff members (view study progress). The final recommended schedule is one of five schedules developed after the initial recommendation was offered.

 

“[The Sleep and School Start Time Committee's] extremely thoughtful and inclusive decision-making process that examined a wide range of options for school start times, as well as the most appropriate timeline of events, were exemplary," said Dr. Judith Owens, an internationally recognized pediatric sleep expert who twice visited Radnor to present information on the topic to the community. "Your detailed explanations of the pros and cons of the various approaches in the report clearly delineated your thought processes, and the final recommendation represents a true best-case scenario given the complexity of the issues and the various factions/agendas involved. This should serve as a model for other school districts across the country.”

 

As the district enters the next phase of the study, feedback is again sought from parents and community  members  regarding the final recommendation. These meetings have been scheduled for early April and exact dates can be found here. Feedback also continues to be accepted at sleep@rtsd.org.

 

The district appreciates the input from parents and community members to date. These diverse perspectives have greatly helped shape the years’ long study of school start time in Radnor and the subsequent recommendations.

 

For more information, visit the RTSD Sleep and School Start Time webpage here.