The proposed bill would establish a task force to study school start times in middle school and high school. Members would be appointed by the Mayor (five members) and the Speaker of the Council (four members) and would include, at least, a high school student, a parent of a middle school student and a parent of a high school student, a middle school teacher, a high school teacher, an administrator, a labor union representative, and a department of education representative. The task force would submit an annual report with recommendations to the Mayor and the Speaker.
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Int. No. 560
By Council Members Treyger, Lander, Grodenchik, Cohen and Ayala
A Local Law in relation to creating a task force to study the feasibility of starting middle schools and high schools after 8:30 am in order to reduce adolescent sleep deprivation
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. School start time task force. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section only, the following definitions shall apply:
Department. The term “department” means the New York city department of education.
School. The term “school” means a school of the city school district of the city of New York.
Student. The term “student” means any pupil under the age of twenty-one as of September first of the academic period being reported, who does not have a high school diploma and who is enrolled in a school as school is defined in this subdivision, not including a pre-kindergarten student or a preschool child as preschool child is defined in section 4410 of the education law.
b. There shall be established a school start time task force consisting of at least nine members who shall serve without compensation, each for a term of one year. Such term shall begin upon appointment of the last member. In the event of the death or resignation of any member, his or her successor shall be appointed to serve for the unexpired period of the term for which such member had been appointed. Five members of the task force shall be appointed by the mayor, and four members shall be appointed by the speaker of the council. Such task force shall meet not less than four times annually. One member shall be designated as chairperson by the mayor after consultation with the speaker. Members of the task force shall include at least one parent of a student in grades six through eight, at least one parent of a student in grades nine through twelve, at least one student in grades nine through twelve, at least one middle school teacher employed by the department, at least one high school teacher employed by the department, at least one administrator employed by the department, at least one representative from a labor union that represents the majority of teachers employed by the department and at least one representative from the department. Members of such task force shall be appointed within ninety days following the enactment of the local law that added this section.
c. The task force shall:
1. review current middle school and high school school start times and determine their effect on adolescent health and well-being;
2. identify and evaluate factors that contribute to or affect school start times;
3. make recommendations to the mayor on matters related to school start times and the altering of school start times for students in grades six through twelve;
4. perform such other advisory duties and functions as may be necessary as determined by the task force.
d. No later than January 30, 2019 and annually thereafter, the task force shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council a report concerning the task force’s activities during the previous twelve months, the goals for the following year and recommendations pursuant to subdivision c of this section.
§ 2. This law takes effect immediately and is expired and deemed repealed five years after the date of the local law that added this section.