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Seattle School District Votes to Push Back School Start Times

Seattle School District Votes to Push Back School Start Times

Seattle has become one of the largest school districts to act on research that later start times are beneficial to the wellbeing of students.

District high schools and middle schools in Seattle will now start at 8:45 a.m., an hour later than most schools now, says King5.com.

The changes will take affect beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

The times were decided after a district-appointed task force spent seven months consulting experts and studying the issue, The Seattle Times said. 

According to the article, the local pediatric community is “thrilled with the proposal.”

"Sleep doctors who attended the board meeting said later start times will benefit the teen students' health and learning.”

Not everyone was as happy, though. While some elementary schools will now start at 7:55 a.m., elementary schools in the “tier three” group will start at 9:35 a.m.

The parents of students in the tier three groups say this is too late for their students.

Read the full story.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

11/19/2015

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