Sleep Exploration

Sleep and School Start Time Forums Update

Eighteen months ago, the Board of School Directors commissioned an advisory group to study adolescent sleep and school start times.  The Advisory Group has worked diligently on their assignment and recently presented to the Phoenixville Board of School Directors their findings and recommendations. 

10-30-18 Sleep Advisory Presentation to the Board of School Directors-Findings and Recommendations

11-13-18 PAEA Presentation to the Board of School Directors - Summary

11-13-18 PAEA Presentation to the Board of School Directors - Full

11-13-18 PASD Sleep Advisory Group - Sleep Stages - Presentation to the Board of School Directors

The Board of School Directors wants to hear from the broader school community concerning your thoughts on adolescent sleep and the notions that should be considered before they vote on a school start time for the 2019-20 school year in January 2019.  Please consider joining one of the three SLEEP - SCHOOL START TIME FORUMS. Each forum will present the same information.  We are limited in space for each of these events.  We respectfully request you register for only one event to allow all voices to be heard.  Once a forum is full, registration for that date will no longer be available.  

Registration Deadlines:
December 12th at 4:00 PM for the December 13th Forum
January 7th at 4:00 PM for the January 8th Forum

Sleep and School Start Time Forum Registration

Forum Dates:
• FULL -- Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -- 6:30 PM  -- HS Cafeteria -- Please register for another date below.
• Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 6:30 PM -- Barkley Cafeteria
• Tuesday, January 8, 2019 -- 6:30 PM -- MS Cafeteria

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Welcome to the PASD Sleep Exploration

The 2017-18 school year brought with it an interest in exploring the science surrounding adolescent sleep.  The PASD Board of School Directors has tasked the district administration with forming a committee to research the topic and to recommend viable options for addressing student need for increased sleep.  To this end, two committees have been formed.  The Steering Committee, assigned with making a recommendation to the Board in November 2018, consists of representatives from administration, the transportation department, community members, and the Board. On a monthly basis, this group will operationalize the various scenarios created by potential changes to the current school schedule.   

The Sleep Advisory Group, represented by a broad spectrum of students and community members, will meet monthly to further study the research on adolescent sleep and to delve deeper into the potential effects of altering the start and end times of the school schedule.  The Sleep Advisory Group’s subcommittees will consider not only current research, but also the challenges to implementing changes to the PASD school schedule, such as transportation, childcare, athletics, and extra-curricular activities. Having begun its work in early March, the Sleep Advisory Group and subcommittees will continue to meet throughout the summer with the intention of making a recommendation to the Steering Committee in late August. 

Your feedback is always welcome! On this website, you will find relevant information regarding adolescent sleep, as well as brief summaries of the committee work to date.  Feel free to email the committee with your input at start&  Your comments and questions will be brought to both the Steering Committee as well as the Sleep Advisory Group.

Formation of Sleep Teams

Steering Committee
• Composed of approximately 10 individuals.  Purpose is to formulate scenarios for the Working/Advisory Team to consider and modify.  Develop the recommendation for the Board to consider.

Sleep Advisory Group
• Help develop training and learning opportunities for the school community about sleep and start times.  Review the work of the steering committee, further expand on the work and advise as to what recommendations should be presented to the steering committee.

Meetings PASD Middle School

6:30-8:00 PM
Phoenixville Area Middle School
1000 Purple Pride Parkway
Phoenixville, PA 19460

March 5
April 9
April 30 Education/Communication only
May 21
June 11 
June 18
August 20
August 13
September 17
October 15 

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Committee & Advisory Team Composition

Steering Committee
Frank Garritano
Craig Parkinson
Julian McCracken
Stephanie Nattle
Sandy Claus
Matt Gionta
Robyn Spear
Ken Gibson
Dave Ramsey
Eric Daugherty
Alan Fegley
Catherine Renzulli

Sleep Advisory Group
Business Community
Community Relations
Phoenixville Community
School Director
Supervisor of Curriculum
PASD Transportation Rep.
Wellness Committee Member

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