• apple and board

    “Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later.” U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

  • Sunrise on Fields

    “The Virginia PTA shall… educate their local school boards and superintendents on the importance of quality sleep and the positive impact that later school start times would have on the health, safety and productivity of teens,” Virginia Parent Teacher Association, 2006.

  • drug free

    “Many adolescents are not getting the recommended hours of sleep they need on school nights.  Insufficient sleep is associated with…health–risk behaviors including substance use, physical fighting, and serious consideration of suicide attempt…delayed school start times may hold promise as one effective step in a comprehensive approach to address this problem,” Centers for Disease Control

  • doctors

    “I could find nothing but support from all my sources, including physicians, teachers and parents. The Virginia Chapter of the AAP goes on record as supporting later school start times for all Virginia high schools.” Dr. William Rees, President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians

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    “Adolescent athletes who slept eight or more hours each night were 68 percent less likely to be injured than athletes who regularly slept less.” Abstract presented at American Academy of Pediatrics.

About Us

Our Children’s National Medical Center team has been contracted by Fairfax County Public Schools to develop “A Blueprint for Change” that includes several workable proposals for starting its high schools after 8 am.


Contact us:
Email: smartschoolstart@gmail.com
Phone: 202-476-3296

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