Community Forum on High-School Start Time, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7PM

“Why So Early? Rethinking the High School Start Time: A Community Forum” will take place Tuesday, January 26 from 7 to 8:30PM in the Newton North High School Cafeteria. Sponsored by the Newton North School Council, the forum is open to all interested NPS and community members.

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. Find out more at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/laterstarttime.

We are pleased to be joined by Superintendent David Fleishman (watch his video https://vimeo.com/148259628), Working Group and School Committee members Ellen Gibson and Ruth Goldman, and Dr. Christopher Landrigan, a Newton parent and a physician and researcher in the Division of Sleep Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We will also hear from high school students and faculty about their experiences.

We welcome your participation in the conversation about a later high school start time in Newton. If you are unable to attend the event, but would like more information about this topic, please visit: http://newtonsouthptso.org/school-info/school-council/, where you will find resources and can sign-up for periodic updates.