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Seattle Schools Later Start Times Good News for Sleepy Teens

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By    |   Friday, 20 Nov 2015 09:06 AM

Seattle schools later start times should please sleepy head teens. The school board voted Wednesday to push back the high school start to 8:45 a.m., and set a 9:35 a.m. start for some elementary schools.

The later start times came after school officials had studied the proposal for years and amid recommendation from pediatricians and sleep doctors who believe the later start times will benefit students' health and learning, according to KING-TV.

The changes will take place next school year.

"We will become the largest district in the country to make this switch, and hopefully we will set a trend," board director Sharon Peaslee said in a release. "This is a historic moment."

Middle schools will start the day at 8:45 a.m. Most elementary school will begin at 7:55 a.m. but some will get the 9:35 a.m. staet, said KOMO-TV.

The schools said the changing start times were cost-neutral and will allow for minor modifications when necessary. 


The later start times are okay with the Seattle teachers union, said the Seattle Times.

"The proposal to change bell times is the result of a research-based community initiative," the union said. "It will improve learning, health and equity for thousands of Seattle students."

Some parents were upset about the change, arguing that it does not benefit children at the end of the school day, said KING-TV

"Right now, it's awful ," said parent Laura Burke. "Our kids are awake for two hours, fresh, ready to go to school. And then they're tired for the last two hours they're at school. They're also getting out at almost four o'clock. In the winter, it's dark."

Jonathan Knapp, president of the Seattle Education Association, told KOMO-TV the decision was "a good comprise," adding that that "with this, more than 83 percent of Seattle school children's academic work will now be better aligned with their sleep need."

Parent Carin Towne said the move could disadvantage others.

"It's not a win, it's not a win unless it's the best learning start times for all the kids in this district," said Towne.

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Seattle schools later start times should please sleepy head teens. The school board voted Wednesday to push back the high school start to 8:45 a.m., and set a 9:35 a.m. start for some elementary schools.
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