Newsletters

Read our newsletters to stay up-to-date on later start progress in New Canaan. Sign the petition to subscribe to the newsletters.

Newsletter 1 "What Are We All About", March 13, 2018

Newsletter 2 "Later Start and Athletes", April 4, 2018

Newsletter 3 "Teen Sleep A to Zzzz", May 21, 2018

Newsletter 4 “Superintendent to Report on Survey”, June 1, 2018

Newsletter 5 “Back to School and More Tired Than Ever”, October 1, 2018

Newsletter 6 “How are Your 7th Graders Doing With an Hour Earlier Start?”, October 17, 2018

Newsletter 7 “Upcoming District Meetings on Later Start Times”, October 22, 2018

Newsletter 8 "6th Grade May be the Last Year Your Child Gets a Good Night’s Sleep”, November 6 2018

Newsletter 9 “8th Grade to High School Transition Can be Easier With Later Start”, November 13, 2018

Newsletter 10 “Next BoE meeting is November 19”, November 15, 2018

Newsletter 11 “Recap from the last BOE meeting”, December 2, 2018

Newsletter 12 “Good News, Bad News”, December 7, 2018

Newsletter 13 “Later Start Not Even Mentioned in the Budget Workshop”, December 13, 2018

Newsletter 14 “Come to the BOE Meeting Tomorrow”, December 17, 2018

Newsletter 15 “Where We Are vs. Where the BOE Said We Would Be”, January 3, 2019

Newsletter 16 “Time Change for BOE Meeting Tonight!”, January 7, 2019

Other Documents

Start Times Focus Group Items for Consideration, October 24, 2018

Our Draft of a BOE Subcommittee Charter, December 4, 2018

Who Has Signed the Petition, January 2, 2019


Want to know more? Here are our top 10 resources on adolescent sleep and start times. 

 

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Full text of the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: School Start Times for Adolescents 

When people ask us why we care so much about school start times, we point them here. 

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In this popular TED talk, sleep researcher Wendy Troxel succinctly describes why schools should start later. 

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Sleepforsuccesswestport.com

Created by a Westport mom, who is also on the Westport RTM (their version of town council), the Sleep for Success website contains well-cited explanations of the research on the science of adolescent sleep. As a former Harvard varsity athlete, the author is particularly informed about the impact of sleep on athletic performance. 

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Startschoollater.net

This is the website of the national organization Start School Later. Go here for case studies of schools that have changed times, links to the latest research, current efforts around the country to change start times, and more.

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New Canaan's League of Women Voters Report on Adolescent Sleep Needs and School Start Times

Did you know that New Canaan studied start times in 2006, around the time that Wilton changed their times? The League of Women Voters conducted a study, surveyed students, parents and teachers and strongly recommended that New Canaan change start times. Key information in this report:  survey of New Canaan parents and students done in 2006, showing the desire to change start times and exactly how much (or little) sleep our adolescents are getting. 

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Want to know more about how sleep can be a secret weapon for athletes? This Sports Illustrated article about the NFL sums up how athletes are using sleep science to get an edge.

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Craig Canapari, Director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep Center, has a website offering practical advice about teen sleep.

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Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Research at Children's Hospital in Boston and lead author of the AAP's policy statement on start times, gave a talk in Greenwich. Watch the full video of her very informative presentation.

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The Economic Case for Letting Teenagers Sleep a Little Later