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Fairfax County schools to hold meetings on high school start time options

Fairfax County school administrators will host eight meetings with parents in coming weeks to discuss plans to delay high school start times.

A year ago, the Fairfax County school board commissioned Children’s National Medical Center experts to conduct a study and devise a plan to delay start times to help teenagers get more sleep. In April, the board approved four possible options. Under the current plans, classes may be delayed to 8 a.m., 40 minutes after the current opening bell at 7:20 a.m.

In two weeks, Fairfax County school officials will begin holding a series of meetings to present the plans to parents and students and to gather feedback. The meetings are listed below:

May 19 at Hayfield Secondary School

May 20 at Langley High School

May 27 at South Lakes High School

May 28 at Madison High School

June 7 at Poe Middle School

June 9 at South County High School

June 10 at West Springfield High School

June 11 at Centreville High School

All the meetings, except the June 7 meeting, will begin at 7 p.m. The meeting at Poe Middle School will begin at 10 a.m.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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