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The Fairfax County School Board adopted a resolution in April 2012 to seek solutions that will establish high school start times at 8 a.m. or later. Four options were presented by consultants from Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) at community meetings and via an online form in May and June. After analyzing the feedback, CNMC made a final recommendation to the School Board at its work session on July 14. The School Board is scheduled to vote on the plan in October.
Blueprint for Change Recommendation on Later Start Times presented at July 14, 2014 School Board work session.
After adopting a resolution to establish a goal of starting high schools at 8 a.m. or later, the School Board voted in March 2013 to award a contract to Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) to develop a proposal to achieve the goal. Find out more about the School Board resolution.
Working with a stakeholder committee, CNMC’s Division of Sleep Medicine initiated a process to develop a Blueprint for Change. The committee studied studied several workable scenarios to start FCPS high schools after 8:00 am to improve students’ mental and physical health, academic performance, and safety. The scenarios were presented to the School Board at a work session on April 23.
As part of its community engagement efforts, the CNMC team has created and maintained a website and social media pages with educational materials, held more than 45 individual community stakeholder meetings, and hosted four group stakeholder meetings to examine costs, logistics, feasibility and the potential impact of moving high school start times later. The work resulted in a number of scenarios/ranges that were considered.
For more information about the Blueprint for Change process, visit http://smartschoolstart.wordpress.com/.
The Children's Medical Center consultants prepared a report on start times in districts throughout the country:
Report on Start Times (pdf)
July 30, 2014