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More thought about later school starts

Original post made by Kathy, Greenmeadow, on Jan 15, 2008

Nancy Kalish writes about the benefits of a later school start time for students in the New York Times: Web Link

As the parent of two teenagers, I really REALLY wish our district would look at this concern.

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a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2008 at 9:04 am

I went to a boarding/day school (where I was a day pupil) where the school start time was 8.45. The boarders had breakfast at 8.00 a.m. and I left my house at 8.30 usually without breakfast. Everyone, boarders and day pupils still found it hard to roll into the classroom at 8.45 at the last possible minute and tardies were often the same kids. We still moaned that school started too early and the first period of the day was always the hardest to concentrate. I also had a six day school week with classes like art, pe, music, etc. being the Saturday schedule.

I don't like the timing of the schedule now because I think anything earlier than 8.15 is too early because of the dark mornings in winter. But, I don't think that a later start will magically make any difference to our kids' grades, just perhaps add more stress to get sports and other after school activities fitted in to the hours of daylight. As it is, I have one 12 year old doing basketball practice on a school night from 8 - 9 and if school started later, would we then see practices at 9 - 10?


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