Dear parents of Saxe 6th graders,
Have you heard that New Canaan Public Schools is evaluating whether to change school start time for 7th - 12th graders to a healthier 8:30 a.m. or later? The fact is, a 7:30 a.m. school start time is harmful to our older children's health and well-being. But if the BoE makes this a priority NOW, your child may not have to suffer the loss of sleep that begins on the first day of school for every 7th grader!
What can you do?
- Write to our school leaders and the Board of Education Members! (Email addresses below.) Write a quick note to the superintendents and members to let them know that this is a PRIORITY for your family.
- Visit our website to learn more and Sign the Petition!
- Come to the November 19th BoE meeting at 7:oo pm in the Wagner Room - it will be dedicated to later start times.
Adolescents' body clocks begin to change at the onset of puberty
If the district does not act now, next August your 7th grader will have to wake up an hour earlier than they do now. For most children, this means they will be losing an hour of sleep every school day, even though their sleep needs have not changed.
You may have noticed that your child's bedtime has begun to drift later, especially if you have an older 6th grader. This is due to a change in body clock that happens to all adolescents.
Thanks to sleep science, we know that it is illogical and harmful to send adolescent children to school an hour earlier, just as their bodies are naturally inclined to go to bed later and sleep later in the morning.
That is why major medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control have recommended that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
And why should you care so much about sleep?
Because more sleep for students results in:
- Improved academic performance, abstract thinking, and efficiency in completing homework
- Better sports performance and fewer sports injuries
- Decreased rates of car accidents, a decrease in risky behaviors such as alcohol and drugs, and better impulse control
- Improved mental health, with decreased risk of anxiety and depression
You can stop this from happening to your child next year by getting involved now! Let the BoE know that this is a PRIORITY for your family!