Friday, April 6, 2001
CCRSC considers teen biorhythms
The March 27 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee revisited the potential for changing starting times at the schools. Studies have shown that adolescents' natural biorhythms shift and they begin to need to sleep later. Based on these studies, schools across the country have been looking at the potential for reorganizing start times to allow older students to begin their day later. The start time for the high school can not be delayed more than 40 minutes without interfering with after school sports. Mavragis pointed out that starting times are further impacted by the shortage of bus drivers. He said while there was a subcommittee team that looked at timing issues, he would like a committee to investigate these issues and "touch all the bases."
Questions the committee would consider include: How do we get the drivers? Can we contract part of our runs? How does this impact our operational activities on a daily basis?
Mavragis says this would ideally be done before the 2003 budget is in place since it will most likely have a budgetary impact. He suggested starting the committee when school opens in September with the potential for changes to take place in the fall of 2002.
Committee member Fred Wersan expressed concern that there might not be enough time to evaluate the impact to families and the community. He suggested a two-year time frame, pointing out that the upcoming building construction and related bussing demands may complicate the issue.
Mavragis suggested that dealing with the logistics of building could possibly lead to alternative plans that will help in the search for answers to the bussing limitations.
Committee chair Lawrence Walters expressed the opinion that if it would be valuable to reorganize starting times, then it would be better to do so in a timely fashion.
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