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Lower Merion School District Healthy School Start Time

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To be delivered to Mr. Robert Copeland, Superintendent, Dr. Melissa Gilbert, LMSD Board President, and the Lower Merion Township Board of School Directors

We respectfully call on the Lower Merion Board of School Directors and Superintendent Copeland to officially recognize the compelling and vast body of research regarding teen sleep and its implications for student health, well-being, and academic success by agreeing, by resolution, to implement later secondary school start times no later than the 2020/21 academic year.

The high schools and middle schools should begin as closely as possible to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended guideline of an 8:30 a.m. start.

By prioritizing healthy school start times and implementing later secondary school start times for the 2020/21 school year, the Board will demonstrate that the health, well-being, and success of our children are of paramount importance.

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