BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district is planning a forum for parents and educators to discuss later start times in the schools.
 
Superintendent Russell Lazovick said at a recent board of education meeting that a public forum on the matter for grades seven through 12 is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 21 at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and will involve a panel of educators and professionals with different perspectives on altering school start times, a topic that has been much discussed in the district this year. 
 
The push by members of the Bridgewater-Raritan public has been to move school start times later, particularly for older students, to help them cope better with the increased demands on their time and also their own biology.
 
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Lazovick said the forum will include a question-and-answer session, of both prepared questions and ones from the audience, with additional questions and answers to be posted on the district website. The event will also be live-streamed.
 
Lazovick said a separate page will be posted at the district site (brrsd.org) regarding school start times and accompanying research on that topic. A meeting of almost all the high schools in Somerset County is also expected to be held in the near future regarding school start times, and the Bridgewater-Raritan district plans to make a decision on changing school start times by the end of 2019.
 
Concerning homework in the district, Lazovick said school board member Zachary Malek, who chairs the board’s academic committee, will provide a monthly report on the subject. A survey of several questions will also be e-mailed to parents on a monthly basis, and a webpage on homework is expected to be launched in late September.