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WCSD Forms Start-Time Study Group

Webster CSD strives to educate the whole child in all that we do both inside and outside the classroom. There is an abundance of undeniable scientific evidence supporting the fact that our middle and high schools start too early for teens whose changing biological sleep patterns require them to sleep later in order to maximize their ability to learn. Medical studies also show that a lack of sleep for older students can negatively impact their physical and their mental health. 

The possibility of later start times for Webster CSD secondary students is a critical one that deserves a mindful, in-depth study. The science is convincing regarding sleep research and the biological and neurochemical effects that adequate rest has on the physical and emotional states of our teens. That said, Webster CSD, along with other districts throughout our region, state, and country, still grapple with the challenges of changing school start times. This will be a year-long process of exploration, study, and problem-solving, and it involves all of us in the One Webster community. 

During the November 2 Webster CSD Board of Education meeting, the board asked Superintendent Carmen Gumina to design a process and gather feedback that would explore this important issue. An initial Webster CSD Start-Time Study Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Please note that this meeting will now be held at the Spry Middle School auditorium due to the large number of RSVPs so far. We’ll hear from a University of Rochester researcher, local pediatrician, and district administrators during that initial meeting so you can begin to learn more. If you would be interested in attending, please RSVP by e-mailing Larry_Wahl@webstercsd.org. Mr. Wahl is WCSD’s coordinator of strategic initiatives and will be leading the group’s work.  
Please note that this is not a short-term study. If the group determines that changes in Webster CSD are necessary and possible, those changes wouldn’t take place until fall 2019 or 2020, however, it is important that the district begins to research this critical issue. 
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