SCHOOL START TIMES

The following was released by MCPS last week.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will offer the community multiple opportunities over the next several months to provide feedback on proposed changes to school starting and ending times, also known as bell times.  This will include four community forums, the first of which will be held on Monday, October 28, at Paint Branch High School. In addition to the forums, MCPS will conduct focus groups and surveys among its many stakeholders and provide a self-guided way for citizens to study the issue and offer input.

The forums will give attendees an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s recommendation that MCPS consider moving high school start times 50 minutes later (from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.); moving middle school start times 10 minutes earlier (from 7:55 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.); and keeping elementary school start times as they currently are (8:50 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.), but extending the school day by 30 minutes.

Dr. Starr released his recommendation on October 1 and based it on the findings of the 2013 Bell Times Work Group. He formed the group in December 2012 to comprehensively study the issue of bell times and the impact they have on students’ sleep habits, well-being, and success.
For more info visit: Bell Times

Waters Landing Elementary School PTA
Germantown, MD 20874

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