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Parents Talk Poll: Does High School in Bellevue Start Too Early?

Is 7:30 a.m. - the time that high school in Bellevue starts -- too early? A petition for national legislation to prevent school from starting until 8 a.m. has been circulating. But does it matter?

Is 7:30 a.m. - the time that high school in Bellevue starts -- too early? A petition for national legislation to prevent school from starting until 8 p.m. has been circulating for the past month asking the president to consider this and the deadline is today to sign it.

A Maryland woman started a petition at the White House's We the People website last month to drum up support for legislation that would prevent high schools from starting before 8 a.m. The petition was started by a Severna Park woman who wrote in her local contributes to "student performance, truancy, and absenteeism, as well as depression, mood swings, impulse control, tobacco and alcohol use, impaired cognitive function and decision-making, obesity, stimulant abuse, automobile accidents, and suicide."

People as young as 13 may sign the petition, and the petition needs 5,000 signatures before it gets an official response from the White House.

The campaign so far has a long way to go -- more than 3,000 signatures -- to reach its goal of 5,000 signatures by Nov. 2. However, as of last night, two people from Bellevue have signed the petition, indicating that for at least a few people, 7:30 a.m. may be too early. Locally, that's before sunrise, which is at 7:54 a.m. on Wednesday.

What do you think? Could Bellevue students benefit from a later start time? Why?

Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM
The petition to start school later ( http://bit.ly/tWa4dS ) is closing in on 1000 names now--with many of the most recent signatures coming in from the Seattle area! We plan to present the petition in Washington, D.C. in early 2012 but would like to have at least 5000 names to make that happen--so please spread the word to family & friends if you've already signed. Meanwhile, if anyone doubts this is a real issue, you might direct them to this new youtube video, which makes you wonder why we're doing this to our kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrHrEZOjunk .
Maribel Ibrahim January 22, 2012 at 03:13 AM
The Start School Later petition is close to reaching 2700 signatures, with representation from 48 states and Washington, DC!
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. February 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Update: We're delivering this petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS) to members of Congress, including those representing Bellevue, on March 6-8 if we get to goal of 5000 names by then. Right now we're at 3600, so please keep signing and sharing the link if you're tired of waiting for schools to "wake up" to the idea that it's time to put health and learning first. Meanwhile, thanks for all your support!
John Vidale February 20, 2012 at 04:47 PM
It was easy to sign this time - let's get this petition signed and delivered.
Venice Buhain May 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
FYI, because it might be of interest to some people here: one of our bloggers, Dr. Catherine Darley, wrote a post about this subject: http://patch.com/B-Pw8

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