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Ridgewood Board of Education Postpones Later School Start Initiative

the Board of Education feels it needs more time to convince parents that a later start is what they want 

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education discussed the Alternative Schedules Initiative, recapping some issues that came up following the December community presentation. At that time, the community survey was postponed. The Alternative Schedules Task Force met in January to explore the next steps and ways to further educate the community about this topic.

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In conjunction with an educational component, a survey will be sent out this spring as a fact-gathering tool to understand the community’s priorities, concerns, and attitudes regarding alternative schedules for students in grades K-12. The survey that was crafted with K-12 Insight will be updated based on recent feedback and task force discussions. The exact timing of the survey is yet to be determined.

The district is planning a community presentation in late April with Dr. Judith Owens, Co-Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 150 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic.  Her particular research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in adolescents and the role of school start times, sleep health education, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting sleep.  She was the lead author on the AAP 2014 Policy Statement on healthy school start times and is on the Board of Directors of national non-profit Start School Later. Details about this event will be sent to the RPS community in the coming weeks.

Click here to view the discussion and scroll to 2:21:43.
Click here to view the Alternative Schedules Task Force webpage.

3 thoughts on “Ridgewood Board of Education Postpones Later School Start Initiative

  1. Sanity reigns!

  2. Re:
    “The Alternative Schedules Task Force met in January to explore the next steps and ways to further educate the community about this topic.”

    They’ll push this though eventually…
    It will just require sending the population to reeducation camps until the fall into line.

  3. Stupidest idea ever. When asked, many of the people who support this initiative cannot even answer basic questions about what it will look like. I’m convinced they think it just sounds like a great idea without thinking about the logistics and how this will play out. We will not become Greenwich or New Canaan or any of those other high-performing districts because we initiated a late start. Maybe they have a proper reading and writing program in their elementary schools or proper math department in their high school. Do you think our schools problems will lessen due to late start is absurd.

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