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Board to hear School Start Time Presentation
Board to hear School Start Time Presentation

The Board of School Directors will hold a special meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the LMHS auditorium to hear a presentation on the topic of Sleep and School Start Times.

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., the Lower Merion Board of School Directors will hold a special meeting in the Lower Merion High School auditorium, to hear a presentation on the topic of Sleep and School Start Times. Lower Merion School District has been studying this issue in light of recommendations from health and medical organizations to delay school start times to better align with adolescents' sleep cycles.

The presentation will include a recommendation to make middle school and high school start later, and elementary school start earlier, beginning in September 2020. All community members are invited to the presentation. A video of the meeting will also be posted in the Board section of the District website within 5 business days, once it can be closed captioned/made ADA compliant.

Please note, the Board will not vote on the recommendation at this meeting. In the coming weeks and months, the School District will be hosting a number of Community Listening Sessions and sending out a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on the recommendation. In addition, community members are invited to share their input via email to Sleep@lmsd.org. The Board will consider this input prior to voting in the spring.

The attached infographic provides an overview of the recommendation and the process that led up it, along with an explanation of its potential benefits and challenges. Please review it carefully. Additional information is available on the LMSD website at www.LMSD.org/Sleep.

The Community Listening sessions will be:

  1. December 8, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Academy Building (adjacent to BCMS) - 510 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bala Cynwyd
  2. December 9, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the District Administration Offices Board Room - 301 E. Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore
  3. December 9, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Harriton High School's Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room - 600 N. Ithan Avenue in Rosemont
  4. December 17, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Lower Merion High School's Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room - 315 E. Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore

Any decision regarding changing school start times has the potential for wide-ranging impact, not only on our students, but on our wider community. We hope you will take an active part in the process to ensure your voice is heard on this important topic.

The Board of School Directors will hold a special meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the LMHS auditorium to hear a presentation on the topic of Sleep and School Start Times.

The Sleep Health and School Schedules Advisory Committee will present its recommendation to the School Board on October 24, 2019, in the Lower Merion High School Auditorium. Families of students of ALL AGES and community members are invited to attend.

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