HARVARD — The survey being conducted about whether schools start times should be changed is still being conducted via the Harvard public schools Web site.
“The survey is open until June 15,” Superintendent of Schools Thomas Jefferson, Ed.D., said at the May 27 School Committee meeting. “We’ve had about 300 responses to date.”
The survey is open to all faculty members, parents of students at Harvard Elementary and The Bromfield schools, fifth-graders at the elementary school and all Bromfield students.
Residents at the meeting questioned why school start times have to change.
“Why are we tipping the whole town?” resident Rene Roy asked. “Why don’t they just go to bed earlier? Parents should make them go to bed earlier, like we used to do.”
The survey is not a proposal, said Jefferson, but a study to see the different sleep patterns of the students enrolled in Harvard public schools.
“My mother modified my sleep pattern,” said Roy. “She used a stick.”
There has been research that shows test scores and learning are affected by proper sleep patterns, said committee member Virginia Justicz.
“I think we should suggest taking away video games for two weeks to see if they sleep better,” said resident B.J. Pessia. “I really think it’s a societal problem.”
Members of the community are encouraged to take the survey at www.psharvard.org.