Anne Arundel County school board to establish task force to examine school start time

Parents in Anne Arundel County are gaining ground on pushing back the time high school starts, although logistically, officials say, it's no easy task.

Moving back the high school start time would cost $8 million alone for new buses. The existing fleet takes high school students to school first, before middle and elementary school students. Pushing back the time would mean the county would need more buses to overlap routes.

But those who want a later start time made some progress Wednesday. The school board agreed to form a task force to look into the idea and potential benefits of starting later.

The board also announced it will pose a survey to parents and students to see if moving all the school start times back 13 minutes is a viable solution.

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