Essay on Should School Start Time?

1526 Words Nov 16th, 2015 null Page
Every night teens stay up into the early hours of the morning working on homework, studying for tests. The next day they are zombies, unable to function or retain information. The national sleep foundation recommends that teenagers ages 14-17 get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. But 45 percent of teenagers are not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, and only 20 percent receiving 9 hours each night. Despite the costs and extension to the school day, a later school start time would benefit high school students academic abilities and improve their overall health. By starting school an hour later, could drastically increase students mental awareness and ability to learn.
Opponents argue that adjusting the high school’s start time would force the school district to purchase additional buses and hire drivers, which would increase the school 's budget by millions. Greenwich High School in Connecticut has discussed adjusting the start times of their high schools but a report states that “moving to an 8:15 a.m. start at the high schools would require 48 more buses than this year, a hike of about $3.7 million" (Schott). Changing the start of high school is not a simple task. The transportation of the high school students at the same time as elementary would force the district to purchase more buses to accommodate the numbers. Instead of purchasing more buses, a school district in Delaware switched one of its elementary schools start time and found that "Milton…

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