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LCSD BOE Hears Results of Sleep Survey
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
At its September 24 meeting, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education was presented with the results of the LCSD Sleep Survey.
The survey, conducted in June by the Children’s National Medical Center, in partnership with independent research organization Child Trends and with approval from the FCPS Research Screening Committee, was administered so the board could learn more about the sleep habits among Liverpool students and their relationship to school performance, health and well-being.
Although not a surprise, the survey showed that LCSD middle and high school students receive less sleep than the recommended number of hours per night and use the weekend to “catch up” on their sleep. As a consequence, 20 percent of middle school students who responded and 15 percent of high school students who responded reported being late for school in the two weeks before the survey was administered because they overslept. In addition, nine percent of middle school students who responded and 12 percent of high school students who responded reported missing school at least one day during that time period because they were just too tired.
As for stakeholders, the survey revealed that they were divided on whether the current high school start time was too early. While there was general support for delaying middle and high school start times, many stakeholders expressed doubt that changing those times would improve adolescent sleep or academic achievement. They also expressed concerns that these changes would have a negative impact on topics such as before & after school care, parent work schedules & participation in school activities, and after-school employment and extra-curricular activities.
The LCSD Sleep Survey was part of the district’s Modified School Start Time Committee, which was formed in January 2016 and tasked with developing a plan that would have high school and potentially middle school students start school later in the morning. This also presented an opportunity to change elementary start times to take advantage of the elementary students’ own sleep patterns and physiology.
The LCSD Board of Education will take some time to review the study’s findings, and once they have completed their review we will post the complete results on our Web site. Please note that at this time the Board of Education has not approved any modifications to the start times for our elementary, middle and high schools. We will let you know when a final recommendation is presented to the board.
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