Community forum Feb. 28 to discuss later school start times

By Kim Lincoln | Feb 01, 2017

Warren — Area parents are invited to a forum Tuesday, Feb. 28, to explain the rationale for changing school start times this fall.

The event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Pitch, 2606 Camden Road, in Warren. This is rescheduled from Feb. 7.

Parents of students in the Five Town Community School District, School Administrative Districts 28 and 40 and Regional School Unit 13 are invited.

Dr. Andrew Filderman, who specializes in sleep science, will explain the rationale for the change. School administrators will listen to concerns and take questions.

The Centers for Disease Control issued a report last year that urged schools across the country to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for teenagers. The report quoted the American Academy of Pediatrics in its report.

"Too-early start times can keep students from getting the sleep they need for health, safety and academic success," according to the Academy.

The proposed change would move Camden Hills Regional High School and middle school start times to one hour later (8:30 a.m.) and Camden-Rockport Elementary School to start a half-hour earlier (8 a.m.), Five Town CSD and SAD 28 Superintendent Maria Libby said in a letter to parents this week. The length of the day would not change, so high school and middle school would get out an hour later and the elementary would get out a half-hour earlier.

If all the area districts cannot accommodate this change, a second proposal is to move the high school and middle school start times ahead by a half-hour (8:10 a.m.), and move the elementary school start times ahead by 15 minutes (8:45 a.m.).

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