• It is too much to juggle.

    Students receive a lot of homework. When they get home from school, it is hard to juggle the homework with other activities. There needs to be time to eat dinner and they often like to talk on the phone or the computer about their day. Granted, this can be done on the weekend but that would also be cutting into their social lives. They do not have time to socialize with friends throughout the school day due to their coursework.

  • Too Early.

    A lot of teenagers have trouble sleeping at night and do not go to bed until very late. They come to school at such an early hour and an barely function. They do not absorb anything when they are that tired. Even just a little extra time to sleep would be helpful to them.

  • Match normal working hours.

    The point of high school is to prepare kids to go out into the world, so why not have its hours match normal working hours? Starting ridiculously early in the morning just forces everyone to get up early, including the teachers; they have to get up even earlier than the students because they have to get their first. A later start is a break for everyone.

  • Yeah! They should

    Because science has proven the brain doesn't start consecrating until 10 am so that is only one reason why school should start later they also have seen that once you go throughout puberty the more later you wanna stay up.
    Also this helps with health like less car crashes and higher performance in school.

  • Simple Biology is a Factor

    The Circadian Rhythm changes during puberty, which means that teenagers will experience a shift in their sleep-wake schedules. This causes them to fall asleep and wake up later. Most teens feel that they cannot fall asleep until after 11pm, which, with a 7am school starting time, means the student gets 7 hours of sleep maximum. But, their bodies have a higher demand for sleep, NEEDING 8 or 9 hours per night.

  • They are unfocused in class.

    Teens need a lot of sleep unless the teachers or parents don't want them to focus or concentrate during class. If teens don't get enough sleep, then their bodies will become lazy and lack the energy needed for school. If schools don't start starting at a later time, then soon enough, they will need nap time!

  • Sick of writing late notes!

    I can't count the excuses and late notes not only me but many other mums of teens I know write for our teens. At my daughters school a teacher stands out front in the morning shouting at the late comers threatening them with detentions almost like some kind of army boot camp, now I have worked as a youth worker and know that in some cases teens are to be commended for even getting to school and shouldn't be harrassed for being 5 or 10 mins late, also why is there role call then in each class the teacher marks off who is there? Roll call so unnecessary if then each teacher does it for each class. I have seen my child easily get ready on school holidays for a 10 am work start or even 930 am. I agree they have no focus are so angry and can't function if they are rushing off at 8 am or earlier. Please lease please bring in a later start. It's also such a drain on the whole family.

  • I believe that would be a good option, because: Longer to wake up It improves concentration More sleep is required There would be less traffic

    Parents would have to figure out what time to pick up their teens later than usual, after school teachers would have to reschedule their activities, after school tutoring would be pushed back, basically it is a little bit stressful for coaches, after school tutors, and parents
    That is my review

  • Abundance of Homework and Lack of Sleep

    The majority of classes give about one to two hours of homework and if you add up the 6-7 classes, you end up with about ~6 hours of homework per day. That excludes the time students use for family responsibilities or jobs. A later start time would allow students the opportunity to get more sleep.

  • Yes Schools Should Start Later

    Schools should start later in the morning. Most school start very early, around 6 or 7 AM, this cause many students wake up at as early as 4 AM. This causes the students to be very sleepy in school and falling asleep in class. If they wake up later, there is no time and they miss breakfast. In the winter, when they leave to go to school, it is still dark. I should know, as a student myself, I have to wake up very early every day.
    According the National Sleep Foundation, “Research in the 1990s found that later sleep and wake patterns among adolescents are biologically determined; the natural tendency for teenagers is to stay up late at night and wake up later in the morning. This research indicates that school bells that ring as early as 7:00 a.M. In many parts of the country stand in stark contrast with adolescents' sleep patterns and needs.” Thus means the schools are opening too early for teenagers to get a good rest. National Sleep Foundation also states “On April 2 of 1999, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced a congressional resolution to encourage schools and school districts to reconsider early morning start times to be more in sync with teens' biological makeup. House Congressional Resolution 135 or the "ZZZ's to A’s" Act would encourage individual schools and school districts all over the country to move school start times to no earlier than 8:30 a.M.” They also did a poll that shows that most of the respondents agree with Lofgren.
    Many teens also find it hard to get up that early in the morning. Take a poll from ATS (American Thoracic Society) for example.

    The survey found that:
    • 78% of students said it was difficult to get up in the morning
    • Only 16% said they regularly had enough sleep
    • 70% thought their grades would improve if they had more sleep
    • 90% thought their academic performance would improve if school were to start later

    People might complain that if school start later, it will have to end later meaning practice and other after school actives will end very late in the evening. But it will just take the school to open one maybe one and a half hours later so it won’t set the time back too much.
    According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Students are concerned that being in school later in the day means that it will cut into after-school jobs and other extracurricular activities. Still, there are convincing reasons to push back school start times. Mary Carskadon, PhD, a renowned expert on adolescent sleep, cites several advantages for teens to get the sleep they need:
    • Less likelihood of experiencing depressed moods;
    • Reduced likelihood for tardiness;
    • Reduced absenteeism;
    • Better grades;
    • Reduced risk of fall asleep car crashes;
    • Reduced risk of metabolic and nutritional deficits associated with insufficient sleep, including obesity.”

  • I strongly disagree

    Kids should be responsible for going to bed early enough to get up at seven o' clock to go to school and not be tired and late. Also, since school starts later it would also lasts longer so if it started at eleven then it would end at five or six and kids would have less time to do homework , jobs, sports, and other activities. College and jobs start at eight and if you go through life starting school at eleven then you will instinctively be late for college and jobs that start early.

  • Logic; sense; reasoning

    If we are truly preparing students for the future and want them to succeed then starting late is bad. An employer or college professor does not care if your tired, you need to be there. We all did it and survived and this pandering is only teaching students this is how the world works and its not. Also, all the kids I have talked to said it gives them more time to do what they want at night. Meaning they are going to stay awake and extra hour.

  • Preparation for the Future

    Colleges and jobs start around the same time everyday which is around 8 o'clock. If schools change the the starting time to 9 or 9:30 this isn't getting students ready for the real world situations in life. Students have to learn how to manage their time, and work around the schedules they are given.

  • No! This messes with extracurricular activities!

    For those who have sporting events after school, this would really play a major factor on their lives! If School starts earlier this also means that school ends later, therefore conflicting with sporting events and clubs after school. For example, today there is an invitational at Crestview Local School district, and if we had to stay for school even an hour later, we would be at the track meet for another hour (which would be about 10:00 pm when we finish!) then you have to account for the bus ride home which is at least a 15 minute drive. Therefore all of these things could; Decrease sleep time, increase stress, later bed-times, and many more things.

  • If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It

    School should not start later! Just because teens are to lazy to get up at 7. EVERYONE is tired in the morning! If you went to bed earlier then maybe you wouldn't be as tired. Some teens have jobs to work after school or, extracurricular activities. My school has a very high standard that we must meet and we also have one of the earliest start times in our area. Our school board has not even thought of changing our schedule because, as I said earlier, If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix it!

  • No time left

    If school started later, then it would also end later. If school started at about 11 am, then it would end at 6pm. Students at high school need time for social and personal things. They might also need time for part time jobs or volunteer work. If started late then students would not have time to anything else but homework.

  • It would prepare children for the future.

    If schools started later, teenagers would get into the habit of waking up later. When they get a job after high school they would not be accustomed to waking up early, whereas if school started earlier, they would be accustomed to waking up early. I go to school and although I like sleeping, it would be a lot easier if school started earlier because then there would be more time in the afternoons to go out with my friends.

  • Starting earlier is better.

    Starting schools later will also have problems. Some students just don't want to show up, so just let them not. Schools are responsible to their students to an extent. I feel that waking up at 6:30 and being at school by 7:30 is fine. If I can do it, then anyone can.

  • I don't think it would be the best choice

    My reasons are that the kids that participate in sports or any after school activity will not have enough time at the end of school. If we make it later then we have to cut those times which gives them less time doing the sports and activities they love. Also, before they go to sports or during sports, the kids do their homework and they usually rush their homework hurrying and writing down random answers that give them bad grades. But if you make schools earlier or just keep it the same they won't have this problem.

  • No later start times

    No, I don't think that high schools should change their hours and start later. Most schools around here start at 7:45AM and end about 2:30PM. This gives the kids enough time to do some part time work after school or participate in extra curricular activities such as sports or band practice.

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