Bensalem Hosts Information Session on Sleep and School Start Times

- Key Note Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Kloss, Clinical Psychologist,
Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates
- Panel Participants and Appointed Members of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Secondary School Start Times: Dr. Mark Hoffman, Executive Director of Bucks County Intermediate Unit; Dr. John Sanville, Unionville Chads Ford School District Superintendent; and Dr. Gail Karafin, Bensalem Township School District School Psychologist.
- Additional Panel Participants: Dr. Craig Parkinson, Principal of Phoenixville Area High School; Michael Petitti, Director of Communications for Radnor Township School District
Topics for Discussion:
• Should the school day start later?
• What is the recommended school start time?
• What time should teenagers wake?
• What time should middle school students wake?
• How many hours of sleep do teens need?
• Does school starting later improve grades?
• How are elementary school students impacted?
The Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) advisory committee is researching the question of instituting later secondary school start times. Under Senate Resolution 417, the JSGC committee will release a report by mid-October. Bensalem Township School District is researching this topic.
The Bensalem Community is invited to participate in a question and answer session with Dr. Kloss and the panel. All are welcome.