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Later Start Times at Park City Schools

There has been a citizen driven movement in our community, somewhat started by Dr John Hanrahan and vocalized by Sally Elliot to at least have a discussion about starting school later. This morning, I heard that “0 hour” at the high school began at 6:15 AM. YES, school starts at SIX FIFTEEN AM (for some kids).  That appears to be the time slot where many of our advanced courses like AP Physics lab are offered.  There’s nothing quite like waking up to a discussion of advanced physics!

That said, the school district seems open to discussing the option of starting high school later.

If you missed last night’s school district presentation on later start times for our high schoolers, as we did, you may be interested in reading the powerpoint and/or watching a video of the event.

Click here for the presentation.. The video is below.


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“There’s no good reason school has to start this early, and starting it later might improve the amount of sleep teenagers get. A study published in 2014 examined 9,000 students in eight public schools in three states. It found that in high schools where classes began at 7:30 a.m., about a third of children got at least eight hours of sleep a night. If they started at 8:35 a.m., about 60 percent of children achieved that goal.

Moreover, the later start time was associated with improvements in a number of subjects, as well as state and national achievement test scores. Attendance increased. Perhaps more important, the number of car crashes by drivers 16 to 18 was reduced by 70 percent when school start times were changed from 7:35 to 8:55.”

I personally don’t think this is a matter of worrying about traffic congestion or money. It is simply a no-brainer.

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