Anne Arundel County forms school start time task force

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Anne Arundel County Public Schools has formed a task force to study the issue of schools start times at all levels in the district.

Many parents and community groups have expressed concern over school start times in the county as some students are being picked up by the bus before 6 a.m. Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins said the task force will include 15 people who will spend six months studying the issue and will provide a report to the Board of Education in September. 

The county the Board of Education authorized Perkins to form the task force in December. In addition to school system personnel, the group consists of officials from the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Department of Recreation and Parks and appointees from six groups with various affiliations with the school system.

The group will hold its first meeting Feb. 19, and will meet monthly. Perkins has charged the task force with developing options regarding school start times at all levels, while also examining its potential impact on all aspects of student life as well as the potential cost issues associated with any start times.

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