Lower Merion explores later school start times to better match teens’ sleep patterns

LOWER MERION, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Lower Merion School District is looking into changing their high school start times to better match the sleep patterns of teens.   

Those in the Lower Merion community have until Tuesday (April 2) to fill out a survey to apply to be part of an advisory committee on school start times. Amy Buckman, director of school and community relations with the Lower Merion School District, says research has already been done on this issue, which is available on the school website.

“We have engaged the services of an outside firm that is going to look through those applications, determine who the committee members will be and then work with those committee members to look at all the various issues,” she explained.

Isabelle Gordon is a senior at Lower Merion High School.

“Mental health is such a big topic of discussion nowadays and bringing attention to that is so important and this could be such a huge factor in increasing wellness in the community,” she said.

Buckman says the committee will come up with solutions to potential obstacles in implementing late start times, before determining whether it should be done and when.

“There are things like if we need additional busses, how many full time additional bus drivers will we need to hire?  Where will we park additional busses,” she said.

Buckman adds time will be set aside in the future for community members to weigh in as well.


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