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Should High School Start Later?

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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5 Reasons School Should Start Later in the Day

Posted by Jacqueline Burt

tired teensWhoever thought starting high school at 7 a.m. (or thereabouts) was a good idea?! It's hard enough getting my daughter to middle school at 7:35. And it's not just a matter of parental inconvenience (though, don't get me wrong, I'm in no way, shape, or form looking forward to those crack-of-dawn wake-up calls). Study after study tells us that kids who start high school later are better off and that sleep deprivation causes real damage to teens -- physically, intellectually, and emotionally. And I'm not just talking about kids being cranky at the breakfast table or dozing off in class. This is serious stuff:

5 Reasons Why High School Should Start Later

1. According to a new study, not getting enough sleep can increase a teen's likelihood of developing diabetes by decreasing insulin resistance. (Also, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says most adolescents need at least nine hours of sleep every night -- and up to 87 percent of teens in America are getting a lot less.)

2. A disturbing 2010 study found that teenagers who go to bed after midnight are 24 percent more likely to suffer from depression than those who go to bed before 10:00 p.m. Yikes!

3. Students are more alert later in the morning. Research shows that during the 7 a.m. hours, teen melatonin levels are still sending sleep signals. How are they supposed to actually LEARN anything?

4. Overtired teens eat more fatty foods. In one study, kids who got less than eight hours of shut-eye on a weeknight consumed more of of their daily calories from fat than teens who slept eight hours or more.

5. Teens who don't get enough sleep are more likely to "drive drowsy," which can lead to serious or even fatal automobile accidents.

Compelling evidence, right? Wonder what it's gonna take for the power-that-be to make a change ...

Do you think high school should start later?

by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM
It did where we lived in GA. Middle and HS started at 8:30. Grade school started at 7:50. Many hated it because older kids were not home to get younger siblings off the bus. This is the only place we lived where they did this. It pushed after school activities very late too.
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fammatthews4
by Trisha on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I'm not sure if I think they should but ours does.  Middle starts at 7:30, elementary 8, and HS at 8:30

melissa632
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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I always thought high school started so early for preparation for the working world. Maybe I'm wrong.
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fammatthews4
by Trisha on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I'm not sure when our middle school changed their start time, when my kids were there they started same time as the HS at 8:30. They now start at 7:30  This is the first place we've been too when HS started later than everyone else

Quoting atlmom2:

It did where we lived in GA. Middle and HS started at 8:30. Grade school started at 7:50. Many hated it because older kids were not home to get younger siblings off the bus. This is the only place we lived where they did this. It pushed after school activities very late too.


atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Also some kids were at the bus stop before 7. Little 5 yo kids in the dark waiting for the bus so early. 2nd year there my oldest went to middle school and other dd to a private school so we no longer had to deal with an early grade school bus.


Quoting fammatthews4:

I'm not sure when our middle school changed their start time, when my kids were there they started same time as the HS at 8:30. They now start at 7:30  This is the first place we've been too when HS started later than everyone else

Quoting atlmom2:

It did where we lived in GA. Middle and HS started at 8:30. Grade school started at 7:50. Many hated it because older kids were not home to get younger siblings off the bus. This is the only place we lived where they did this. It pushed after school activities very late too.



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Cafe MichelleP
by Head Admin on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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Our high school starts at 9am. It is perfect. Athletes have morning practices at 6:30, so after school practices don't run as late.

Jessiejack
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM
My DD is up at 5am and out the door by 6:30am. Yes I think this is to early for anyone. I think 8am start for anyone, school or work is early enough.
FindersKeepers
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Only #3 in the list supports a later school start time.   The rest of the list supports the need for adequate sleep.    Someone asked a few days ago if Teens still had bedtime and more than anything I think that this article supports the reason for having one. 

I have one child that is a morning person and one that is not.   Starting school later is not the solution in that he needs to learn to get up early and be on time even when he is tired.   He needs to learn to go to bed earlier and plan better at night to make his mornings easier.   Unfortunately life will continue to have challenges and unless he picks a night job he is going to have to learn to deal. 

Barabell
by Barbara on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I wish they started later here. Junior highs and high schools in our district start around 7:30 am, and the bus usually comes around 6:45 am.

atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM
My dd's were in bed around 9 in hs so they could be up at 6:15 in hs and school started at 7:20.


Quoting FindersKeepers:

Only #3 in the list supports a later school start time.   The rest of the list supports the need for adequate sleep.    Someone asked a few days ago if Teens still had bedtime and more than anything I think that this article supports the reason for having one. 


I have one child that is a morning person and one that is not.   Starting school later is not the solution in that he needs to learn to get up early and be on time even when he is tired.   He needs to learn to go to bed earlier and plan better at night to make his mornings easier.   Unfortunately life will continue to have challenges and unless he picks a night job he is going to have to learn to deal. 


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