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Statement of Support

The group SLEEP, Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal, was started in 2004 by two FCPS parents, Sandy Evans and Phyllis Pane.  SLEEP's goal is to change FCPS middle and high-school start times to later in the morning.  The volunteers for SLEEP have dedicated themselves to a worthy goal: improving the lives and education of our teenagers.  The sleep needs of our teens is an important issue, and all the volunteers should be commended for their efforts.

The SLEEP web site and the school board's Transportation Task Force sites have links to research on the benefits of better sleep for teens, and the special sleep needs of teens.  Please refer to these sites for more detailed information on those topics.

 

About this site

This web site was started by a FCPS parent on January 9, 2009.   I am the parent of two FCPS students, and, in general, I support efforts to improve the sleep schedule of our students.  I remember being shocked when my son's middle-school bus schedule arrived, and we found out he was supposed to be at the bus stop at 5:58 AM! However, I'm concerned that the negative effects of the current proposal outweigh the benefits, and that changing the schedule would do more harm than good. The content of this site is accurate to the best of my knowledge.  The info is from: The 2007 Transportation Task Force Majority Report, the TTF Minority Report, and the SLEEP web site.

Please direct questions and comments to wakefcps@gmail.com  

 Your patience and understanding in awaiting a reply is appreciated!   Your suggestions and comments are being used to make improvements to the web site ~ thank you!    ~  Sincerely, Lorraine S. Monaco

 

2/8/2009 - I started this web site in an effort to address specific questions about the late-bell proposal.   As new information becomes available, I'll update the site.  I also have made every effort to include links to different points of view -- the TTF reports, the SLEEP site, and so on.  It's my firm belief that wise decisions are made when as much information is available as possible.   I've added a new link, called The Big Questions, that summarizes some of the areas where I think there are important questions about the potential costs of the proposal.  Thanks to all of you who are taking the time to send feedback to this site --- both "friendly" and the "not-so-friendly."  I appreciate comments and will use them to improve the web site.  I'm first and foremost a parent of two FCPS students.  I want our community to make the best decision for all our children in our shared school system.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS WEB SITE IS TO ADDRESS THE IDEA THAT THIS DECISION INVOLVES WEIGHING THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF THE CHANGE AGAINST THE POTENTIAL COSTS OF THE CHANGE, SO THAT A WISE DECISION CAN BE MADE.