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How Early is Too Early to Head to Class?

A mother wants schools to push back school start-times.

In October, Terra Snider posted an opinion piece on Severna Park Patch asking her neighbors to sign a petition to push back the time that students had to start school.

Citing information from National Sleep Foundation about adolescents, sleep and health, asking the Obama Administration to “promote legislation to prevent public schools from starting earlier than 8 a.m.” 

Snider emailed Ellicott City Patch because, she said, she received signatures from parents in this area. She has since started a new petition, and wanted to share the information with our readers.

Her original article appears  find an updated article, with a link to her most recent petition, . 

Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 01, 2011 at 12:54 PM
The petition for later school start time just reached 1000 names! Our goal is to grow this to 5000 names, at which point we'll deliver the petition in person in DC. If you still haven't had a chance to sign and want to see sane, humane school hours, go to http://bit.ly/tWa4dS . Meanwhile, check out our growing national coalition of parents, teachers, students, health professionals, sleep scientists, etc. at StartSchoolLater.weebly.com
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 09, 2012 at 04:46 AM
We now have 2100+ names from all over the US on the petition to start school later (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS), as well as support from some of the country's leading sleep scientists and health professionals. Thanks to everyone who has supported this effort so far and to the Patch!
Jessica January 30, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Public schools are within the local jurisdiction not Federal/National, we really should not try to get the liberals to stick their hands in any more issues that should be local. I agree with a later start time for HS but I would also opt for an earlier one for ES so they have some outside play time after school before it gets dark. But don't make this into a Fed/National issue because it isn't.
Frances Keefe January 30, 2013 at 07:52 PM
The biggest problem is that State Legislatures continually reduce public school education budgets, and one of the first categories to get hit is usually transportation, resulting in 3-tiered busing systems, like we have in Pinellas County Florida. High schools start at 7:05am, and students are released at 1:50pm. Elementary schools start anywhere from 7:30am to 8:40am, and middle schools (for the most part) start at 9:30am!! And you're talking about parents having to deal with going to work and getting their kids to school? It's ridiculous, and the students are suffering because of it. However, no one at the State level wants to hear it, especially not now with state revenues down significantly. It's a sad state of affairs, and I really wish that they would put the students first, but I can't see that happening any time soon.
Mark Donovan February 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM
So far, our Howard County Start School Later petition has gotten 820 signers in just a week. Join us at: http://tinyurl.com/sslhoco

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