Letter: Start times decision goes against simple science

To the Editor: Two weeks ago, the Ridgefield school board announced that they would back down on their earlier decision to make school start times later for high school students. Though pleasing to the admirably represented anti-change group, this decision goes against simple science and will only continue the chronic sleep deprivation faced by most of the student body. Teenagers … read more

School board backs down on start times (UPDATE)

Ridgefield High School students won’t be setting their alarm clocks an hour later next year. The Board of Education voted Monday, Dec. 10, to throw out a decision it made in October 2017 to implement later start times for the 2019-20 school year. “I think you heard the board saying that at some point this could come back … but … read more

School board reverses start times stance (VIDEO)

The Ridgefield Board of Education will not pursue later school start times for the 2019-20 school year. The school board voted 6-1 at its meeting Monday night to rescind a 2017 motion that aimed to implement healthier school start times by the fall of 2019. “I think you heard the board saying that at some point this could come back … read more

Letter: School board is wasting taxpayer money pursuing later start times

Thank you, Mike Mignano, for properly deploring the hysterical continuation of efforts to change school start times. As a parent to three Ridgefield graduates, I am confident they were not impeded by rising at times practiced by humans for millennia. As a taxpayer, I am incensed that the BOE is wasting my money continuing to pursue what has been roundly … read more

Six speakers reject school board’s plan for later start times

A sea of red shirts, coats, and sweaters — worn by parents and residents in opposition to the district’s plan to implement later start times at Ridgefield High School next fall — greeted the Board of Education at its meeting Monday, Nov. 26. Six people spoke, all of them against changing start times from the current system. The group, which … read more

Letter: Are we really still talking about this?

To the Editor: Facts from a “School Start Times” article in both the online version of the Ridgefield Press dated 11/2/18 and the printed version on 11/8/18: Both the 2013 & 2018 board surveys showed parents, students and staff clearly aligned against moving start times. Dr. Miller, who was tapped to head the later start time project by the board, … read more

Letter: Three-tier bus system will increase school budget

To the Editor: Science doesn’t typically start with a conclusion, then take in only data that supports the intended conclusion, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here in Ridgefield with regards to a misguided Start Schools Later initiative. We’ve now seen the initial reports from Greenwich, showing lower grades and higher depression scores, as well as many unintended effects on … read more

Schools consider ‘pause’ on start times

With an interim superintendent and business manager at the helm of a budget-strapped district, is now the best time for Ridgefield to go forward with starting the high school later? That was the question facing the Board of Education Monday night after it heard from 24 residents, most of whom spoke against implementing later start times for the 2019-20 school … read more

Later start times could quadruple classroom hours lost to sports, AD says

Pushing start times back at the high school could see student athletes losing up to about 5,698 classroom hours — more than four times as many as students lost last year, according to Athletic Director Dane Street. Street said those numbers are the “worst-case scenario” under the plan that shifts start time at Ridgefield High School from 7:25 to 8:30. … read more

Any progress here? Bell times, traffic study are next steps in starting school later

Who would’ve thought sleeping in an extra hour would be this much work? With a little more than a year and a half left before Ridgefield High School students begin rolling into school at 8:30 — or 8:35, the exact times are still up in the air — school administrators say they’re hard at work to get the project off … read more

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