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BOE: Time to Wake Up

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It’s evident that no straightfoward solution to the issue of changing school start times exists. The Ridgefield Board of Education has demonstrated their valued consideration and analysis of the problem. However, we’re asking them to take a second look.

It’s no secret that high school students, not only in Ridgefield but around the nation, do not get the recommended 8+ hours of sleep each night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers’ circadian rhythms (biological clocks) are wired in such a way that they’re naturally inclined to stay up late and wake up late. Therefore, our 7:20 a.m. start time contrasts sharply with our sleep patterns and needs.

We holistically recognize the issues that a later start time presents, including but not limited to higher bus costs and impact on after-school activities. As students, we realize that we lack the perspective the BOE has on this topic; while their points are valid, so are ours. The voice of the student body must be heard. If Ridgefield High School succeeds while sleep-deprived, imagine what we could achieve while well-rested.

In advocacy of an even more successful future for all Ridgefield High School students, we respectfully ask the Ridgefield BOE to reconsider their decision to postpone changing start times. The time to act is now.

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