Too early

To the Editor-

Am I the only one that thinks our schools start their day too early? There was a very interesting and informative article in the Sunday February 18th Journal Sentinel that stated that schools should not start before 8:30 a.m. This was a recommendation from the American Association of Pediatrics that was published in 2014. Their findings also indicated that teenagers should get a minimum of 8.5 hours of sleep per night and that they generally have a hard time getting to sleep before 11 p.m. That being said, it’s hard to see why schools would start before 8:30 a.m. Sleepdeprived teens have difficulty learning and staying healthy according to the study. Maybe it’s time we pushed back our school starting times to a more reasonable hour. Sure, we’d have to add extra time onto the end of the school day but it might be worth it. I think the High School in Plymouth now ends its day at 2:40 p.m. To me that’s the middle of the afternoon. I’m not sure when the elementary schools end their day, but what’s wrong with pushing back the start time to 8:30 a.m. for the earliest beginning? I’m sure bus schedules can be easily changed to accommodate this. Is it time to have this discussion among ourselves? I think so. If you agree, talk to your school administrators.

Steve Sartori

Plymouth


Readers Comments

Mr. Sartori is so right.
Submitted by bookheads on Tue, 2018-03-06 12:16.
Mr. Sartori is so right. Those studies have been known for some time. There would be an adjustment period for all involved, but it would be worth it for student learning outcomes. Agree it is time to discuss this. My kids have graduated, but I always wished for this when they were in school. I would support this change to benefit students and their families in the future.
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