Community Forum on High School Start Times – Tuesday, Jan. 26

“Why So Early? Rethinking the High School Start Time: A Community Forum” will take place on Tuesday, January 26 from 7PM-8:30PM in the Newton North High School Cafeteria, featuring keynote by South parent and sleep expert Dr. Chris Landrigan.

Can’t wake up your teen for school? Tired of grumpy, groggy kids? Concerned about the impact of limited sleep on your student? There is a lot of evidence that delaying the start time for high school can improve the physical and mental health of students, reduce tardiness, and improve learning in school. Newton is in the process of studying a later start time for the two high schools. The School Committee has formed the High School Start Time Working Group to study the benefits and challenges of doing so (click here http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/laterstarttime to find out more).

Newton South parents are invited to join this forum sponsored by the Newton North School Council to inform the community about the benefits and challenges of a later high school start time in our city. Forum participants will be joined by Superintendent David Fleishman, Working Group and School Committee members Ellen Gibson and Ruth Goldman, and Dr. Christopher Landrigan, a  Newton South and Brown parent, physician, and researcher in the Division of Sleep Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. They will also hear from high school students and faculty about their experiences.

If you missed last April’s forum at South, this is an important way to catch up on the research and join the conversation—with a new keynote speaker and updated information from NPS. If you are unable to attend the event, but would like more information about this topic, please visit the South School Council webpage , where you will find resources and can sign-up for periodic updates.

Watch the video by Superintendent Fleishman on High School Stress: Start Times and Other Initiatives in NPS here.