Petition statement to be delivered to Joshua Starr, Superintendent and Montgomery County, MD's Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education

Changing Montgomery County, MD's High School Start Times to 8:15 AM or Later.

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Changing Montgomery County, MD's High School Start Times to 8:15 AM or Later.

To be delivered to Joshua Starr, Superintendent and Montgomery County, MD's Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education

Petition Statement

We respectfully request our school board to officially recognize the large and compelling body of research regarding teen sleep and academic achievement, and, with a resolution, to set a goal to start high schools in Montgomery County, MD, after 8:15 AM.
There are currently 11,777 signatures. NEW goal - We need 15,000 signatures!

Petition Background

When teens get the required 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep:
• School attendance goes up,
• Tardiness decreases,
• They sleep less in class,
• They get in fewer traffic accidents,
• Visit nurses and counselors less often, and,
• Report less depression and irritability.
Starting school before 8:15 AM, without a doubt, undermines optimal academic achievement.

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