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Document Number: 10948

The Report of the 2013 Bell Times Work Group: Sleep Needs of Students, Scheduling Practices, and Options for Consideration - School start times, also known as bell times, was the focus of a work group convened in Montgomery County, MD, from January to July of 2013. Members were to consider research, local expert testimony, the experience of comparable districts, and the results of a survey which found an overwhelming majority of high school students and their parents felt the 7:25 a.m. high school start time was too early. They offered the superintendent four options: reverse high school and middle school start times, move all start times 25 to 35 minutes later, extend the length of the elementary day by 30 minutes, or keep the status quo. (Montgomery County Public Schools, September 2013)...

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