School Resume : School Start Times

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Alexis D. Younce Mrs. Anita Stumbo English 100 November 21, 2014 School Start Times Everyone dreads hearing their alarm clock ring in the morning, especially students in school. Teenagers in high school start school usually around 8:00 a.m. and get out at 3:00 p.m. Studies are showing that teens are not getting enough sleep today so they need to start schools at a later time. Should the schools start at a later time? If they did the kids will be more alert, schools will have better attendance, and there will also be fewer car accidents among teen drivers. With schools starting at 8:15 a.m. it is forcing kids to get up at 6:30 to 7:00 a.m., some may have to get up even earlier depending upon where they live or when they have to catch their bus. Teenagers are supposed to get 9 ¼ hours of sleep each night and a recent study has found that only 15 percent are getting at least 8 ½ hours of sleep (National Sleep Foundation). If a teenager becomes sleep deprived it will cause them to not be as alert as they should be. They may also began to fall asleep on their desks and they will then miss out on what is being taught in the class that day. Along with sleep deprivation it can cause people to have memory impairment (Breus). Just because a student is awake in class doesn’t mean they are taking in what they should be. This can then lead to a drop in their grades. When high schools in the Minneapolis Public School District changed their start time from 7:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.

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