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Chesterfield County Public Schools
Join Us at the Public Engagement Session on Wellness, Sleep and School Starting Times
WELLNESS, SLEEP AND SCHOOL STARTING TIMES
OCT. 28 AT 6:30 P.M. AT CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER @ HULL

Providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment remains a priority for the Chesterfield County School Board. This commitment encompasses everything from secure buildings and effective prevention plans to caring employees and nutritious meals.

As part of our efforts, a Wellness Council was created and tasked with developing strategies to develop healthier lifestyles, increase student engagement and improve student achievement. The recommendations were presented at the June 24 School Board work session and are available to view.

The Wellness Council’s recommendations and a soon-thereafter-released study by the American Academy of Pediatrics have restarted discussions about school starting times in Chesterfield County.

It is important to note: The School Board is in the first stages of the decision-making process. It is not expected that any changes will be made for the 2015-16 school year. The School Board needs to gather data – including information about costs to make changes – and gather input from the community. We will seek to engage parents, day-care providers and the business community – understanding that any change in future years could affect many.

One of the first steps in the data-gathering process is to take a look at the latest information about sleep habits. The study by the American Academy of Pediatrics noted that children who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. The association’s recommendation to help remedy the problem was to schedule starting times for middle and high schools at 8:30 a.m. or later.

We hope you will join us to learn more about the research and recommendations on Oct. 28 during a School Board public engagement session. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull, located at 13900 Hull Street Road. Dr. David J. Leszczyszyn, Director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Sleep Medicine and Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Dr. Suzanne Mazzeo, Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics at VCU, will discuss current research. After the presentations, the School Board will begin to engage residents about thoughts on changing school starting times for Chesterfield County schools, the benefits and the challenges.

In addition to the conversation about sleep and school starting times, information about other Wellness Council recommendations will be available.

We hope you will join us as we start anew a conversation about healthy lifestyles and school performance. Please RSVP to the Clerk’s Office at 748-1497 or email carol_timpano@ccpsnet.net to reserve your place at the table!


For more information, please contact Carol Timpano.
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