Editor’s Note: The Ridgefield Board of Education has released the following statement outlining plans to change school starting times to later in the morning, following requests from parent groups.
The Ridgefield Board of Education (BOE) moves to develop a project plan for healthy school start times initiative. In response to parent advocacy and the board’s review of associated scientific research reported by the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Sleep Health Awareness Project, and others, the BOE has voted unanimously to develop an implementation plan for healthy school start times in the Ridgefield Public Schools district. Working with the administration, this initiative will be lead by the BOE’s Strategic Planning Committee chaired by James Keidel, and members David Cordisco, Doug Silver, and Margaret Stamatis. The Strategic Planning Committee will be dedicated to this initiative and lead the way to its implementation for the 2018-19 school year.