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Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
Elke McLaren April 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Most teenagers are not going to get more sleep. They have the same amount of homework andRead More activities. If anything, this is an excuse for them to stay up later than they already do.
Lisa Ross April 22, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Cannot wait for this to happen. Wish it could have happened before my first child graduated lastRead More June. She was so tired that she was napping after school at least 3 days a week. Teens should not need naps! And she was in her room with lights out and no electronics at 9 pm. I know because I was insistent on it. But you cannot make most teens fall asleep that early. Their body chemistry does not allow it. And the research shows that kids DO get more sleep in places where they have made this shift to start high schools later. Opponents said the same thing in Arlington County and were proved wrong. Kids are sleeping more. Also, this article says that "in 4 of the scenarios, teenagers could gain an additional 30 minutes to an hour of sleep on weeknights." This is not exactly right -it could be more than 30 minutes to an hour because another thing that was done in these proposals was to reduce the time teens spend at school before school starts. No reason to sit around school for 30-40 minutes before anything starts. Under these proposals, most should not get there much more than about 10 minutes before school starts so bus pick-up times will change more than start times alone indicate. Yay!
thenaturalhorseman April 23, 2014 at 08:13 am
Yes please! My kids would still go to sleep at the same time and would love to not have to catchRead More the bus at 5:50am!
Summer will wait one more day.
D. Brown April 12, 2014 at 07:28 am
Why bother? The books and supplies will be packed away. It is just a waste of people's time.
Rolling Thunder 2013 April 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
@D. Brown. I thoroughly agree. Waste of time and money.
afsheri April 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Agree - what is the point? More money spent on opening for a few hours for zero productivity. AddRead More some Saturdays to the schedule between now and then.
School Delay Decision from Fairfax County Schools. Patch File.
The Convict March 19, 2014 at 04:02 am
Yes, I'm sure our lagging performance against other countries can rightly be attributed toRead More weather-related, school opening delays. I don't know about your kids, but mine, instead of walking headlong into traffic in order to get to the bus stop because of a lack of properly cleared sidewalks, went to the YMCA instead. So, while your kid was out there toughening up by standing in the cold, the Delinquents were toughening up in the gym so that they can literally kick the world's ass.
Mike March 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Our lagging performance has everything to do with the idiots running Henrdon Elementary. Lots of forRead More sale signs going up this spring as a result! Nice job HE! I see Brenda Wichman was nice enough to perpetuate the whine about the poor kiddies having to stand and walk on snow at the bus stop or on their way to school! OH THE HORROR! Man some parents are freakin...well, you know.
Tara March 20, 2014 at 05:20 pm
I see you like kids.....
Closing/Delay Information for Fairfax County Schools. Patch file photo.
RADIO GUY March 16, 2014 at 07:05 pm
Of course schools should be closed if road conditions endanger school children.
Kathie Diapoulis March 16, 2014 at 07:22 pm
I just got an email from Fairfax County School stating that they were closed tomorrow.
Second Student Death this Week for Woodson High Community
N.C.A March 2, 2014 at 04:15 pm
I just want to know how are this kids getting kill? Are they going to school or out of school? ItRead More just breaks my heart when I hear this. May God give the families the strength and Peace.
Liz March 3, 2014 at 09:44 am
Two more students at a local high school have died. This is so sad and horrible. It is time forRead More our schools, communities and churches to talk about this.
There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
Cee IheartNez Carter February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
Since they are not going to change the date of regularly scheduled testing I don't think that makingRead More up the days do anything good for the students. Unless these days can be made up in advance of the test (sol, ect) so my vote it to not extend school!
MomtoB February 18, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Most schools around the world have classes year round. We have 180 days and then aren't even goingRead More to make up the ten missed days. It's ridiculous. These kids need to be in school. Yes make up the days, go to a longer school year. Make Monday's full day, take away teacher work days and whatever else it takes. There were talks about starting before Labor Day every year - why didn't that take place? Our kids are missing out on education and they need to be in school more to make up for it.
Meg February 19, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Maybe schools should have thought of this before classes were cancelled. There's no reason kidsRead More can't go to school because of the threat of snow. And "storms" where we get 2 inches and classes cancelled are JOKE. And I'm sorry when temps are in the low 20's with windchills in the teens or single digits - that's what layers are for... wear winter clothing and dress for the weather. I have absolutely no sympathy for the kids needing to be in school longer.
FCPS announced Thursday there will be no school on Friday, Feb. 14. Patch archive photo
Rolling Thunder 2013 February 14, 2014 at 07:39 am
There is a trash truck in front of my house right now. No notice on the website. This is not good.Read More Somebody dropped the ball.
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) February 14, 2014 at 08:28 am
They just updated; here's the link:Read More http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/county-trash-collection-suspended-for-friday-private-service-providers-may-be-affected/
Rolling Thunder 2013 February 14, 2014 at 08:41 am
Thanks for posting. I guess somebody forgot to pass the word to the truckers.
School Closings, Delays Info for Fairfax County Public Schools. Patch file photo
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle February 12, 2014 at 05:11 pm
If you are in need of childcare during tomorrows snow day your little ones are invited to The SitterRead More Circle "Snow Day Play Date" Songs, crafts, games, a bounce house and great new friends! Click on the EVENTS page of www.thesittercircle.com for more information!
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Thanks for posting your information Rachel!
Skip Endale February 12, 2014 at 08:35 pm
school closings etc being the know https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean/ just sane.
Teachers Dressing Casual For a Raise in Fairfax County
Anderson February 11, 2014 at 10:22 am
Difficult to justify pay increases when FCPS continues to receive 30+ highly qualified applicantsRead More for each teaching position advertised, and shuffles poor performers rather than removing them. I hope the teachers taking advantage of dress down days are making contributions to charity like we do for dress down days in our office. Posting the total amount collected on adressingdown.com would give meaning to their efforts.
Jennifer Rosso Jain February 11, 2014 at 03:21 pm
Annual pay is not the only financial compensation. If people added paid time of with other benefitsRead More and added that to the salary one makes much more. Higher take home pay is always nice but other benefits are often over looked.
Bambie February 17, 2014 at 11:03 am
Anderson, a job opening might get 30+ applicants but maybe only one or two are "highlyRead More qualified" Jennifer what are the added compensations and benefits teachers get? TM, I support cutting senor services to pay teachers higher, that will keep your taxes nice and low. Being a teacher is hard, between spending your own money on classroom supplies the county does not have money to buy, having overcrowded classrooms with up to 30 students in outdated facilities, having students who come to school underdressed, unfed, unwashed, and undervalued; having to teach students who don't care if they pass the tests. After looking at this is deeply and thoroughly I think we should cut teachers pay, they should enjoy the privilege we give them of teaching our nasty little ba$tard$ of children.
Catholic School Controversy: Paul VI Parents Petition to Halt Move to Loudoun. Screencapture
Sally Sense February 6, 2014 at 08:24 pm
The campaign "Keep PVI in Fairfax" is directed to the Diocese of Arlington Office ofRead More Catholic Schools who made the decision and announcement to move to Loudoun County. We encourage conversation with the school leaders and community leaders as well in the decision making process.
Sally Sense February 8, 2014 at 06:54 pm
The Keep PVI in Fairfax community would like the Diocese of Arlington to answer some questionsRead More regarding the planned move. For example: If space is an issue with the current enrollment, why is building a second school in Loudoun County not an option? What would it take to renovate the current location to meet future needs? What concessions would the city need to make so that you will consider staying in Fairfax City? Will you consider dialog with the families effected by this planned move before proceeding or is this a done deal? As far as we are aware, all communication has been ignored.