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Petition statement to be delivered to The Howard County Board of Education

Changing Howard County, MD's School Start Times to 8:00 AM or Later.

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Changing Howard County, MD's School Start Times to 8:00 AM or Later.

To be delivered to The Howard County Board of Education

Petition Statement

We respectfully request our school board to officially recognize the large and compelling body of research regarding teen sleep and academic achievement, and, with a resolution, to set a goal to start all schools in Howard County, MD, after 8:00 AM.
There are currently 2,216 signatures. NEW goal - We need 3,000 signatures!

Petition Background

When teens get the required 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep:

• School attendance goes up,
• Tardiness decreases,
• They sleep less in class,
• They get in fewer traffic accidents,
• Visit nurses and counselors less often, and,
• Report less depression and irritability.

Starting school before 8:00 AM, without a doubt, undermines optimal academic achievement.

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