Letter to BOE: Find a Way To Move Forward with School Start Times Change
Although the TC’s vote Thursday night to cut $1 million is disappointing, I hope you will still honor your policy decision to start school times later.
Your belief in the policy has not changed. The science has not changed. Only your ability to achieve this goal has been challenged. Yes, these are tough times. Everyone will be doing more with less this year. However, the science of sleep and our children’s health must prevail—even in these times. Especially in these times. So yes, something else will have to fall away. However, there is no program or administrator more important than their health. I encourage you all to do what may seem like the impossible. To find a way to still move forward with later start times given the now approved budget. It is ironic, inconsistent and downright foolish for us as a society to faithfully adhere to the CDC’s Guidelines per this virus and then to disregard that same organization’s guidelines regarding the science of sleep for middle/high school students.
Clearly, I’m preaching to the choir.