Panel Urges Later Openings for High Schools

From today's Metro section:

A community transportation task force recommended that the Fairfax County School Board consider reshuffling its school opening-bell times to give high school students more time to sleep in the mornings, its chairman, Dick Reed, told the board at a meeting last night.
The task force spent months studying the complex matrix of opening-bell schedules and school bus routes for the county's more than 164,000 students before coming up with its recommendations, which would push back the bell time for high school students from 7:20 a.m. to between 8:35 and 8:55 a.m. The earliest start time for elementary schools would stay the same, 7:50 a.m.
A minority group from the committee questioned whether the move would be economically feasible and suggested it could have a negative affect on after-school activities. The School Board could take up the matter as early as the fall .
-- Annie Gowen

By Focus on Fairfax |  March 11, 2008; 10:03 AM ET
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