BOE Requests Parent Participation by Monday, Nov 9, 2015 in Brief Survey About Changing RCSD School Start Time

Parents of Rhinebeck Central School District students are requested to assist the Board of Education by participating in a very brief survey on the topic of the possibility of a change in the school start time in the Rhinebeck schools. The survey can be found by clicking on Participation by this Monday evening, November 9th will provide important feedback that the BOE hopes to collect from all segments of the Rhinebeck school community to inform the consideration of this topic.

An ad hoc committee of the Board of Education was formed over a year ago to research the possibility of changing the school start time in Rhinebeck and what effects, both positive and negative, would be inherent in such a change. The committee was charged with researching and making a recommendation and was instructed to keep any recommendation cost-neutral.  Any change would need to be voted on by the Board for it to be implemented. 

Additional information on the District discussion of this topic is outlined below. Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey by this Monday evening, and in sharing informatyion and opinions with the District as outlined below. All feedback is welcomed.

Members of the BOE School Start Time Committee                                                                                  

Deirdre d’Albertis            [email protected]                                                            

Diane Lyons                   [email protected]                                                                

Laura Schulkind             [email protected]                                    


Why? While researchers have realized for some time that teenagers require 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night, the national conversation about the importance of rethinking school start time has become more insistent, particular, and conclusive in the past two years. In August 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, following recommendations made the year before by the American Academy of Pediatrics, declared insufficient sleep among adolescents to be a public health concern best addressed by adopting later school start times. Although the CDC suggests an ideal start time of 8:30 AM, many districts are unable to adopt such a radical shift in scheduling for a host of valid reasons.  The good news is that studies have shown that delaying start time by as little as half an hour provides real health and wellness benefits for young people, improving sleep, motivation, and class attendance while reducing daytime drowsiness, depression, and caffeine use.

What? The committee has come to the conclusion that a slight shift to a later time is the best possibility for our district and would like to continue to pursue this option. This would mean shifting the BMS/RHS schedule 30 minutes later and CLS roughly 15 minutes later.   BMS/RHS would adopt an 8:00 am start time and 2:46 end time and CLS a 9:10 start time and 3:40 end time. A pilot of this plan could start as soon as September 2016.

How?  At the December 8th BOE meeting, the committee will outline information gathered to this point and invite public comment.  All interested community members are encouraged to attend this session, scheduled to begin at 7 PM. A video clip of the presentation and discussion will be made available to the public through the district website. Additional input will be gathered through the use of surveys to parents, staff, and students. 

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