Research, along with advocacy from groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, continues to support later school start times for adolescent students. Some of the advantages, according to studies, of a later middle school and high school start time include:
- Later start times align with the sleep/wake cycle of adolescents, improving alertness and school engagement;
- Schools with later start times have seen improvement in areas such as academic achievement, truancy rates, and student behavior;
- Fewer automobile accidents involving teen drivers.
We invite stakeholders to review research and more information on the topic of school start times at the link below. The Board of Education will vote on school hours in November.