Workshop participants learned of research in the Minneapolis metropolitan area on attitudes toward such a change and preliminary findings from schools that actually implemented later starting times. During the school year in Edina, Minnesota a suburb of Minneapolisthe high school day shifted from a 7: In the following school year the Minneapolis Public Schools changed the starting time from 7: Kyla Wahlstrom, associate director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement of the University of Minnesota, reviewed early findings from studies of these schools as well as data collected in surveys and focus groups involving key stakeholders, including students, teachers, and parents Wahlstrom and Freeman, ; Kubow et al.
More districts are changing school start times to ensure students get proper sleep to perform at their potential in class.
Many district administrators seem to agree that teenagers need more sleep. A new study released in February indicates that attendance and graduation rates may match the science, too. Published in Sleep Health, the journal of the National Sleep Foundation, the study includes data for 30, students in 29 high schools from eight districts across seven states.
Two years after a delayed start was implemented at these high schools, average attendance rates increased from 90 percent to 94 percent, and graduation rates increased from 79 percent to 88 percent. Tips for administrators 1. Invite stakeholders to the table.
At Fairfax County Public Schools, administrators consulted youth athletics groups, parks services, pools and other county agencies. Since the s, sleep health advocates have recommended later school start times in the morning, but districts have been slow to adapt.
In December, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that later start times improve sleep and reduce car accidents for students. And the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended since that schools start no earlier than 8: The issue has become so relevant that a first-ever national conference on school start times is scheduled for April 27 and 28 for school administrators and community leaders to gain more insight.
Tips for administrators cont. The district posted the four proposed bell options on its website and encouraged public comment. Less rushed, open to learn Fairfax County high schools shifted start times from 7: The district is developing a formal survey to study results, but anecdotally, Platenberg says students feel rested and ready to learn, and parents feel less rushed and able to eat breakfast at home with their children.
Schools in 45 states have instituted later start times to the benefit of students, parents, and teachers in a nationwide push to embrace sleep science. Uncover the pros and cons of later school start times. Adolescent sleep can be tricky, so stay informed with the National Sleep Foundation. A new study indicates that delaying school start times results in students getting more sleep, and feeling better, even within societies where trading sleep for academic success is common.
The district held communitywide meetings to find the best logistical plan that would accommodate bus, athletics and parent schedules.
He ultimately brought four options to the public to discuss. In the end, middle schools moved the opening bell earlier, from 7: The Dobbs Ferry school district wants to push its new 8: Surveys of both parents and students have been positive. Administrators are working out additional hiccups, such as transporting students to sporting events because the school day ends at 3: For now, they are just accepting increased afternoon traffic flow.
And school buses try to get to athletic games on time. Carolyn Crist is a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.SACRAMENTO — California’s middle and high schools won’t have to wait until at least a.m. to begin classes because Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill requiring the later start time.
Brown. "About school districts have already mandated a later school start time," Pelayo says, adding that San Diego schools are planning to implement later start times by "If California had passed SB , it would have accelerated this process.
For many high school students this results in a conflict between their sleep needs and the requirements of their school schedules. So, do later school times really help high school students? Based. Since the s, sleep health advocates have recommended later school start times in the morning, but districts have been slow to adapt.
In December, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that later start times improve sleep and reduce car accidents for students. A new study indicates that delaying school start times results in students getting more sleep, and feeling better, even within societies where trading sleep for academic success is common.
Aug 10, · At the conclusion of its study, the department will make a recommendation on whether the state should establish a pilot program to test later school start times in .