Snooze! Don’t Lose!

By 05.19.2014 blog
Snooze! Don't Lose!

If you’re like most students, waking up is hard to do.

And often because of reasons like bus schedules and lunch periods, as you get older, you end up going to school even earlier. But as students get older, their body clocks tend to shift, leading them to want to stay up later and wake up later in the morning. What’s more, competing demands on their time mean that they’re often up late finishing homework, leading to still more lost sleep.

That’s why some school districts are making a change. Two years ago, Glens Falls high school in upstate New York moved their start time from 7:45 to 8:26. And even though there was some initial push back, a month after making the switch, students were getting between 20 and 45 minutes more sleep each night. And initial numbers show they were also showing up late less often, having fewer discipline referrals and the number of failing grades was cut by half.

What do you think? Would a later start time make your day — and your report card — any better? Vote in the poll and tell us where you stand. 

comments

  1. Troy Hay

    lets start school later because people will succsed in school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Meredith the Anonymous Enigma

    I don’t think schools should start THAT much later, because then the day would end later and kids wouldn’t have so much time in the afternoons and evenings. That said, I think 7:25 in the morning is awfully early for school to start. I am at school every day at 7 o’clock or earlier, and get up at 6. My counselor says that research shows that the teenage brain physically doesn’t start working until 9 o’clock in the morning. My hardest class this year was first period, and AP Human Geography REALLY isn’t the best class to fall asleep during. People will say the best solution is to simply go to bed earlier, but what about us night owls? I’m at my peak in terms of energy at about 10 o’clock. By 11 I forget that if I don’t go to bed I will be extremely tired in the morning. No matter how early I go to bed, come morning I’m still exhausted. There should be some sort of restriction on how early schools start.

  3. Lizzie

    We should definitely get later start times especially because of how long it takes for those to get ready ranging from an hour to 20min. When kids get up early they are usually tired for at least 1st period

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