Radnor High School to open an hour later next year

Tim Jimenez
April 24, 2019 - 8:41 am
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RADNOR TWP., Pa.  (KYW Newsradio) — The Radnor Township School Board just approved a plan to push back the start time at Radnor High School. The changes will go into effect in the 2019-2020 school year, when the day will start at 8:30 a.m.

This new start time is 55 minutes later than the current start time of 7:35 a.m. The school board’s decision follows years of research that included the district surveying students, parents, community members and experts about sleep habits. 

The school district, citing several organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, and the American Medical Association, says the 8:30 a.m. start time would prevent sleep deprivation among students. They say that would lead to a drop in sleepiness in class, disciplinary issues, car crashes involving students, and even sports injuries. 

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The other schools in the district would face changes as well, but they aren’t as dramatic. The middle school would begin the day 10 minutes earlier, while the three elementary schools would start seven minutes later than they do now. The changes are only minor, officials say, so that the bus schedules would work for all the schools. Elementary school parents also expressed concern about starting too early.

"I commend the dedicated and thorough work of our Sleep and School Start Time Committee, which allowed our district and Board to feel confident in our solutions to the associated obstacles and, most importantly, that a change in schedule is best for our students," said Radnor Township School District Superintendent Kenneth Batchelor. "Everyone in Radnor should feel proud of what caring people accomplished on behalf of the township’s youth."