Later High School Start Time Petition Congress Bound

Terra Snider, creator of the petition, will be delivering it to Congress on March 7, but still needs about 1,200 more signatures.

Here's an update from Terra Snider on the petition for a later high school start time, a grassroots effort that started in October and was featured on Severna Park Patch.

From Terra Snider

Exciting news! We're getting ready to hand deliver the petition for a later school start time to members of Congress and the Obama Administration, starting on  March 7 in honor of National Sleep Awareness Week.

This means we need to get to 5,000 names by March 7. With nearly 3,800 names from all 50 states and DC, we're well on our way, but we need a final push from everyone reading this to get to goal.  So if you haven't already done so, please ask friends and family to sign by sharing the link to the petition with them: 


You can cut and paste this petition link into an email and/or post it on your Facebook page--whatever works best for you. Sharing the link with professional listservs/forums is another highly effective way to grow signatures quickly. 

Remember that anyone 13 or over with an email address can sign.
If you want to provide information on why this issue matters and about the growing Start School Later movement, you might also considering sharing these recent articles: 

Should School Start Later For Teens? Schoolfamily.com. Feb. 16, 2012
Grassroots Effort for Later Start on National Front. Severna Park Patch. Feb 2, 2012

When I created this petition last fall, I had no idea it would spark a national grassroots coalition (which you can join by going to our website). It's been inspiring to meet so many people from around the country who have been working on this issue, and to discover the power that comes from uniting forces to ensure that all children go to school at safe, healthy hours in which they can learn effectively. 

By keeping up the push for just another two weeks, we finally have a chance to get this long overdue and critical issue on the national radar screen. Thanks to each and every one of you for helping to make that happen.

Heather Macintosh February 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I hope that we will see this change, and all of the positive effects, before another graduating class starts school in the dark. Come on, Maryland!
Maribel Ibrahim February 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Here's a comment from a recent petition signer from Woodstock, MD: "The school hours are ridiculous. I used to be so nauseous in the morning from sleep deprivation (catching the 6:05 bus) that I couldn't even eat breakfast." A 6:05am pickup??!! The thought that kids are being sent out there before the garbage pickup is insane! Stop the insanity and urge your friends to sign the AA County petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/start-schools-no-earlier-than-800am-in-anne-arundel-county-md and the National petition http://bit.ly/tWa4dS
Kari O February 23, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Thanks for the update! It's really interesting to browse through the comments by petition signers. This has gotten the attention not only of schoolchildren and parents affected by these insane schedules, but also of sleep researchers nationwide. Clearly, there's a national movement afoot to address this very important issue.
Gioia Mapp February 24, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I have watched my three children struggle with sleep deprivation once they entered high school. Each became moody, indecisive and lost their love for learning due to the stress getting up at 5:30 am. All three are AP and Honors high achieving students with a variety of extra-curricular activities. Our junior in the AACPS’ STEM program says life is “grim” because he is “always tired”. It is heartbreaking to watch each choose between sleep and doing less than optimal work (or even skipping assignments) because adults and our need for our conveniences have forced them into such a bad situation. I believe we are defeating high school students from performing at their best by early start times. What a shame! Our older two, now in college, are blooming again because they have class humane schedules. They have fewer illnesses and are happier because they get more sleep. Very few college classes start before 8:30 am. Most jobs do not start before 8 am. So, why are we torturing our teens with these 7 am start times?
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. February 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
4000 names on the petition to start school after 8 am (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS)! Let's get this to 5000, so that we can have maximum impact when we start delivering the petition to members of Congress on March 7.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. March 07, 2012 at 01:28 AM
So close! We only need 123+ names to make 5K. If you still want to sign, now's the time: we're bring the petition to DC in the morning and sharing it with our senators and Rep Harris. It would be great, of course, to have a strong showing from SP to let them know how long and hard we'd worked here for safe, healthy school hours. I don't know where this will lead, but this is a rare chance to move this issue forward - and, as you know, it's an issue that hasn't gone anywhere for far too long. To sign, go to http://bit.ly/tWa4dS
Kari O March 07, 2012 at 01:18 PM
It's the morning of delivery. and we just need 8 more signatures to make the incredible goal of 5000! Anyone else who would like the chance to get on board with this very important issue can read and sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/tWa4dS


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