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Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
Lisa Ross April 22, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Cannot wait for this to happen. Wish it could have happened before my first child graduated lastRead More June. She was so tired that she was napping after school at least 3 days a week. Teens should not need naps! And she was in her room with lights out and no electronics at 9 pm. I know because I was insistent on it. But you cannot make most teens fall asleep that early. Their body chemistry does not allow it. And the research shows that kids DO get more sleep in places where they have made this shift to start high schools later. Opponents said the same thing in Arlington County and were proved wrong. Kids are sleeping more. Also, this article says that "in 4 of the scenarios, teenagers could gain an additional 30 minutes to an hour of sleep on weeknights." This is not exactly right -it could be more than 30 minutes to an hour because another thing that was done in these proposals was to reduce the time teens spend at school before school starts. No reason to sit around school for 30-40 minutes before anything starts. Under these proposals, most should not get there much more than about 10 minutes before school starts so bus pick-up times will change more than start times alone indicate. Yay!
thenaturalhorseman April 23, 2014 at 08:13 am
Yes please! My kids would still go to sleep at the same time and would love to not have to catchRead More the bus at 5:50am!
The Convict April 23, 2014 at 11:01 am
Parent your children, Parents. If your kid needs more sleep, then get them to bed earlier.
Summer will wait one more day.
D. Brown April 12, 2014 at 07:28 am
Why bother? The books and supplies will be packed away. It is just a waste of people's time.
Rolling Thunder 2013 April 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
@D. Brown. I thoroughly agree. Waste of time and money.
afsheri April 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Agree - what is the point? More money spent on opening for a few hours for zero productivity. AddRead More some Saturdays to the schedule between now and then.
School Delay Decision from Fairfax County Schools. Patch File.
The Convict March 19, 2014 at 04:02 am
Yes, I'm sure our lagging performance against other countries can rightly be attributed toRead More weather-related, school opening delays. I don't know about your kids, but mine, instead of walking headlong into traffic in order to get to the bus stop because of a lack of properly cleared sidewalks, went to the YMCA instead. So, while your kid was out there toughening up by standing in the cold, the Delinquents were toughening up in the gym so that they can literally kick the world's ass.
Mike March 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Our lagging performance has everything to do with the idiots running Henrdon Elementary. Lots of forRead More sale signs going up this spring as a result! Nice job HE! I see Brenda Wichman was nice enough to perpetuate the whine about the poor kiddies having to stand and walk on snow at the bus stop or on their way to school! OH THE HORROR! Man some parents are freakin...well, you know.
Tara March 20, 2014 at 05:20 pm
I see you like kids.....
Closing/Delay Information for Fairfax County Schools. Patch file photo.
RADIO GUY March 16, 2014 at 07:05 pm
Of course schools should be closed if road conditions endanger school children.
Kathie Diapoulis March 16, 2014 at 07:22 pm
I just got an email from Fairfax County School stating that they were closed tomorrow.
FCPS sent out a message Sunday night about school on Monday. Patch archive photo
The Convict March 16, 2014 at 08:29 pm
Yippee! Another day home from work. Looks like me and kiddos are heading out to the ski slopes.
Snow Day Decision from Fairfax County Schools. Patch file photo.
John Lovaas March 3, 2014 at 06:02 pm
Mmain roads are already OK, but side streets, cup de sacs, etc likely in bad shape. Nobody wantsRead More another makeup day, but it has to be safety of the kids first.
Joseph V. Morris March 3, 2014 at 06:07 pm
What I'd like to know after the past few months is why it now takes three mouse clicks (starting onRead More the Reston Patch newsletter) to get to the substantive information? Do you have some policy problem with simply making it a one-click choice from the newsletter? (It's not exactly rocket science.)
There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
Cee IheartNez Carter February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
Since they are not going to change the date of regularly scheduled testing I don't think that makingRead More up the days do anything good for the students. Unless these days can be made up in advance of the test (sol, ect) so my vote it to not extend school!
MomtoB February 18, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Most schools around the world have classes year round. We have 180 days and then aren't even goingRead More to make up the ten missed days. It's ridiculous. These kids need to be in school. Yes make up the days, go to a longer school year. Make Monday's full day, take away teacher work days and whatever else it takes. There were talks about starting before Labor Day every year - why didn't that take place? Our kids are missing out on education and they need to be in school more to make up for it.
Meg February 19, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Maybe schools should have thought of this before classes were cancelled. There's no reason kidsRead More can't go to school because of the threat of snow. And "storms" where we get 2 inches and classes cancelled are JOKE. And I'm sorry when temps are in the low 20's with windchills in the teens or single digits - that's what layers are for... wear winter clothing and dress for the weather. I have absolutely no sympathy for the kids needing to be in school longer.
School Closings, Delays Info for Fairfax County Public Schools. Patch file photo
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle February 12, 2014 at 05:11 pm
If you are in need of childcare during tomorrows snow day your little ones are invited to The SitterRead More Circle "Snow Day Play Date" Songs, crafts, games, a bounce house and great new friends! Click on the EVENTS page of www.thesittercircle.com for more information!
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Thanks for posting your information Rachel!
Skip Endale February 12, 2014 at 08:35 pm
school closings etc being the know https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean/ just sane.
Teachers Dressing Casual For a Raise in Fairfax County
John G February 11, 2014 at 02:47 pm
What a crock this line is : "Teachers should not have to commute because they can no longerRead More afford to live in those same neighborhoods." Does that mean the teachers in Malibu should be paid enough so they can live in beachfront properties?
John G January 29, 2014 at 10:27 am
More wimpification...brush the car or bus off, start it up and drive ....sad
The Convict January 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm
It was nice taking the kids to the Y before school this morning. We should do this more often.