"Saved by the bell" may be a common refrain among students, but parents and teachers are starting to ask if children should instead be saved from the bell.
The Start School Later Initiative, a petition encouraging lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8 a.m., was presented to members of Congress last week with nearly 5,000 signatures from all 50 states.
More than 1,000 of the signatures came from Maryland parents and educators.
"The [petition] comments range from student pleas for a more humane schedule to educators wishing their students weren't still asleep to health professionals and researchers seriously concerned about the damage we're doing to kids' mental and physical health," said movement organizer Heather Macintosh.
The school starting times at elementary schools in Eldersburg and Sykesville recently changed, sending some local students to school 80 minutes earlier this fall.
What do you think—are Carroll County school hours OK or is there room for change?