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Schools Begin to Implement Later Start Times for School-Wide Benefits

Schools Begin to Implement Later Start Times for School-Wide Benefits

In response to research that indicates later start times are more beneficial to students’ well-being, many schools across the country are postponing what time they open their doors.

The Christian Science Monitor took a look at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., which is pushing back the school day by 25 minutes next school year.

The school’s principal Troy Gobble told CSM that his school’s decision to delay start times is to prevent chronic sleep loss for its students, in turn promoting better health and academic achievement.

While later school start times have many advocates who support the science behind it, opponents point to inconvenient bus rescheduling and pushing afternoon sports back later.

But the benefits might outweigh these inconveniences- a study from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement found that later school start times increase academic performance and decrease tardiness.

It also found in one school studied that the number of teen car crashed dropped 70 percent, CMS said.

And in addition to benefiting students, the administration at Stevenson High School said it helps increase collaboration among teachers and students.

"With an extra 25 minutes, teachers can afford to better collaborate with their colleagues and students can meet with their teachers for tutoring.”

Read the full story here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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