Letter: Science, not demagogues

To the Editor: A small, insistent segment of the community has staked out an irrational position that disregards the strong, scientifically-based medical consensus for healthy school start times. The small size and limited influence of the opponents were clearly exposed in the results of the November 2017 local election and the spring 2018 budget referendum. Both followed BOE’s fall 2017 … read more

School board approves change to school start times

Ridgefield educators are trusting in the research — and listening to the people. Despite survey results that voiced hesitation in changing school start times last week, the Board of Education has approved a change in school start times that will go into effect in the 2019-20 school year. The decision follows more than a year’s worth of community dialogue dating back to the … read more

In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines in this week’s Ridgefield Press: State police arrested a Waterbury man Monday night after he led a trooper on a highway chase down I-84 — it turns out that the car he was driving was reported stolen in Ridgefield on Sept. 12. Tuesday night’s zoning hearings didn’t lack fireworks — or people. … read more

Start times survey: ‘No change’ is popular

The parents don’t seem to be on board the “later start times” bus. Students and staff aren’t embracing change either. After a months-long push for later school start times — championed by activist parents, driven by scientific studies on adolescent sleep needs, found to have potential savings on bus costs — the Board of Education members will probably decide the … read more

School start times: Survey results receive special meeting Monday

The early bird may get the worm, but some Ridgefield parents are hoping that high schoolers will get an extra hour of sleep next year. Others want to know more: Will the impact of a transportation scheduling change be too much on the rest of the district’s student and parent population — its kindergartners, elementary students and middle schoolers? Could … read more

Start times to homework: Candidates discuss school concerns

School start times, homework policy, spending, technology — discussing a broad range of issues, Board of Education candidates shared their views at a League of Women Voters forum that drew an audience of more than 100 to the Ridgefield library Tuesday night, Oct. 3. They got right to it, with the first of the questions a request for each candidate’s … read more

Board of Education to host school start times meeting at East Ridge Oct. 16

Surveys about school start times have been sent out to Ridgefield parents. The next step for the Board of Education is hosting a special meeting with parents, faculty, and staff that reviews the results of the surveys. That meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 16, in the East Ridge Middle School auditorium — not the town hall annex where the … read more

School start times: Board cuts down options

Elementary schools could start as early as 7:35 next year, with some students getting on the bus at 6:50 a.m. Students at Ridgefield High School wouldn’t start until 8:35, and middle schoolers would begin their day last at 9:10 — getting out of school at 4 p.m. and off the bus as late as 4:50 p.m. That’s one scenario the … read more

Board of Education to make plan for healthy school start times

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 … read more

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