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Midcoast discussion about changing school start times rescheduled to Feb. 28

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 9:15am
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On February 28, area school superintendents will meet with the public to talk about the idea of pushing back school morning start times for high school students. The meeting will include a presentation, as well as opportunity for a conversation with parents.

The meeting will take place at the Pitch, on Route 90 in Warren, beginning at 7 p.m.

School superintendents, teachers, principals and parents began talking about the idea late last fall, and some school boards convened for a joint meeting, with the topic on the agenda.

The Five Town CSD (Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport) and SAD 28 (Camden-Rockport) superintendent, Maria Libby, has talked with staff and parents about the idea, and circulated a questionnaire on SurveyMonkey Feb. 16 about later starts.

Some of the questions for families include:

Indicate the personal impact of an hour later start time for the middle and high school and a half hour earlier start time for the elementary school on the following. *Note: most local extra curricular activities will adjust times to accommodate our schedule.

Do you agree that the adolescent sleep cycle is mismatched to our current start time?

How do you think a later start time for the middle and high school (60 min) and an earlier start time for the elementary school (30 min) would affect your family's schedule?

And for staff:

Indicate the student-related impact of an hour later start time for the middle and high school and a half hour earlier start time for the elementary school on the following. *Note most local extra curricular activities will adjust times to accommodate our schedule.

Indicate the personal impact of an hour later start time for the middle and high school and a half hour earlier start time for the elementary school on the following.

Libby said students will be surveyed next. Some questions may include:

Are you able to wake up and arrive at school on time feeling rested and ready for the day?

What time do you usually go to bed on a school night?

Superintendents from the region — RSU 13, the Five Town CSD, and SAD 40 (Oceanside, Camden Hills Regional and Medomak Valley high schools) — will be at the Feb. 28 meeting, as will Andy Filderman, a local doctor, to talk about the rationale for pushing ahead school start time.

 

Event Date: 
Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm