Anne arundel county
Task force to study hours of school day
The plight of sleep-deprived teenagers will soon get a closer look in Anne Arundel County, where school officials are creating a task force to study the hours of the school day.
In Anne Arundel, the first bell of the high school day rings at 7:17 a.m., earlier than the start times in both Montgomery and Fairfax counties, where officials are considering starting high schools at later times.
Under a proposal adopted Dec. 18 by the Anne Arundel Board of Education, the interim superintendent, Mamie J. Perkins, will appoint the task force. A report is expected by fall.
The school board also asked that an online survey be conducted about shifting school hours.
“We’re thrilled that the school system is going to take a serious look at how later start times can benefit high school students,” said Heather Macintosh, a parent and co-leader of the Anne Arundel chapter of Start School Later, a national organization.
The Anne Arundel group launched an online petition that asked that no child of any age be required to be in class before 8 a.m. or on a bus before 7 a.m. The group says bus pickups in Anne Arundel begin as early as 5:50 a.m. The petition includes more than 3,900 names.
— Donna St. George
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