November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

 

After more than a year of studying the scientific research on adolescent sleep and school start times, the Radnor Township School District Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Committee presented progress on its findings and its initial recommendation to the full School Board at a special Curriculum Committee meeting on November 13. (View video)

 

The Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Committee presented the below initial recommendations at the Nov. 13 meeting. The complete report from the committee, which is subject to updates as logisitics are further examined, can be found here. No recommendations offered by the RTSD Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Committee will be implemented without School Board approval.

 

  • An initial recommendation to change the start time at Radnor High School from 7:35 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (a 55-minute delay). Under this recommendation, the end of the school day would change from 2:27 p.m. to 3:04 p.m. 

  • An initial recommendation to change the start time at Ithan, Radnor and Wayne elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (a 15-minute delay). Under this recommendation, the end of the school day would change from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • An initial recommendation of no change to the schedule at Radnor Middle School, but the development and implementation of a new afternoon bus transportation model for RHS and RMS students  

 

Initial planning of the new afternoon bus transportation model has begun, but many logisitics still need to be studied in greater detail, including possible additional costs as well as the impact of transportation changes on the more than *3,500 900+ (revised 1/28/19) private school students who rely on the district's bus fleet each day. *Please note the 3,500 number of private school students reflected is the number attendibng private schools within Radnor's attendance area.  Radnor Township School District actually transports approximately 900+ students within and/or 10 miles beyond RTSD attendance borders.

 

The School Board will review the intial recommendation over the next several months. Students, parents, staff members and community members are invited to share their feedback at sleep@rtsd.org as well as during an evening community meeting currently scheduled for Mon., Dec. 3. More details regarding this meeting will be available shortly.