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District to Conduct Sleep Survey
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, as children become teenagers their sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking. In fact it is often natural for teenagers to not fall asleep before 11 p.m. despite the fact that their school day typically starts early in the morning.
In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that adolescents (especially high school students) should start school later in the morning to better align with their natural sleep patterns. Intrigued by this topic and a research project conducted by a cross-disciplinary team of Liverpool Central School District teachers, our Board of Education formed a Modified School Start Time Committee to explore the idea of changing the current school hours for LCSD students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
The LCSD Board of Education continues to explore this issue, and at its November 6 meeting approved the implementation of a sleep survey that will evaluate the current sleep health of our students and its association with academic success. The survey will be conducted by a team from the Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C.
Led by Dr. Daniel Lewin, associate director of the pediatric sleep medicine program at CNHS and an associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine, the survey will include data on socio-demographics, sleep (duration, timing of sleep period, sleep quality, daytime tiredness & napping), transportation, academic performance, school attendance, extra-curricular activities and risk taking behavior. Parents, students, teachers, transportation staff and administrators will be asked to complete the survey.
The Board of Education approved the survey in an effort to collect valuable data on the impact of school start times and sleep health. This will help the district determine the feasibility of its modified school start time efforts.
Please note that at this time the board has not approved any scenarios presented by the Modified School Start Time Committee.
I will let you know when we are ready to conduct this online and confidential survey. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone (315-622-7125) or e-mail (MPotter@liverpool.k12.ny.us).
Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools