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    Here's a recent article suggesting that high school start at 10 am to ensure that students get the requisite sleep. With insufficient sleep, the ability to learn and retain new information is compromised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the New York Times
    The sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later has recently gained momentum in communities like this one, as hundreds of schools in dozens of districts across the country have bowed to the accumulating research on the adolescent body clock.

    In just the last two years, high schools in Long Beach, Calif.; Stillwater, Okla.; Decatur, Ga.;, and Glens Falls, N.Y., have pushed back their first bells, joining early adopters in Connecticut, North Carolina, Kentucky and Minnesota. The Seattle school board will vote this month on whether to pursue the issue. The superintendent of Montgomery County, Md., supports the shift, and the school board for Fairfax County, Va., is working with consultants to develop options for starts after 8 a.m.

    New evidence suggests that later high school starts have widespread benefits. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studied eight high schools in three states before and after they moved to later start times in recent years. In results released Wednesday they found that the later a schoolís start time, the better off the students were on many measures, including mental health, car crash rates, attendance and, in some schools, grades and standardized test scores.
    The full article is here.

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    I served on the Wayland School Start time committee on 2004 , and I'm sure you can dig up our report somewhere. A later school start time for high school students is a no brainer, in terms of not only the health and well being of our teenagers, but also the educational benefits as well. A later start time does NOT mean that kids will stay up later on the flip side. We looked at the school that had the later time, and decided that if Wayland were to go to a later time, it would need to be by at least an hour. But although we all agreed that it would benefit the kids, it was very complex. There were after school programs, sports, religious education, METCO, and bus scheduling to name a few. Sleep issues are well documented to have a major effect on physical and mental health. One community saw a drop in their teenage driver accident rates when they were not groggy and driving in the early am. Once they are in college, to a certain extent their hours can be modified. For many, many teens, the early hour can have a devastating effect. We have had experience with Dr Ferber, all sorts of sleep hygiene, melatonin, blue lights, etc,etc. If sleep is an issue for for your teenager, it can be a major one. I hope Wayland will re-visit this issue and make the needed changes.

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    It was all over the news today, but in case you missed it:

    U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens

    Here's the AAP article.

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