Petition to Start School Later - Baltimore County, MD
We respectfully request the Baltimore County School Board recognize the large and compelling body of research demonstrating how early school start times negatively impact children’s academic achievement and physical and mental health. We further request the Baltimore County School Board recognize the connection between student fatigue and the health and safety of our schools and communities.
Extensive research shows that normal development shifts later the times at which children and adolescents are able to acquire optimal levels of sleep. Further, research shows that as children are deprived of sufficient sleep, they face increasing risks of obesity, depression, and car accidents. Recognizing how this research is reflected in our community, we ask the Baltimore County School Board to shift and schedule transportation and start times so that all schools in Baltimore County, MD begin after 8:30 a.m., following the recommendations of parents, our county’s students, and our children's physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics.