December 15, 2017

Cutting back school start times improves student attendance

Posted on October 11, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

School start times should be adjusted so students can get more sleep and if they live far from school so they can get to class on time. Considering the facts most students, especially high schoolers, tend to stay up the night before finishing up assignments. By far, 90% of high schools and 80% of middle schools start before 8:30 a.m.

Most teenagers have the desire to sleep later, come to think of it, it really isn’t the after-school activities that stop us from getting the right amount of rest we need – rather than it might be the time school starts which requires us to wake up so early. However, some may argue that pushing back start times can cause teenagers to stay up late, yet current studies can’t really support that idea.

A recent study by Yale University how tardiness affects students’ sleep and other personal issues. According to researchers, “six studies, two that were controlled trials, showed that changing school starters from 25 to 65 minutes increased sleep time of 25 to 77 minutes per week night.

Overall, students had the chance to sleep later in the morning and managed to head to bed at an adequate time, getting that extra hour of sleep.

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