Keystone Oaks School District News Article

Does an early start positively affect our students

Starting school at a different time could impact students lives majorly. Homeroom ends at 8am, and most kids wake up anywhere from 5:30am to 7:30am. Would starting school at a later time help kids focus more in their morning classes?

“Starting earlier affects kids learning abilities because we need more energy for our morning classes and don't have much after staying up late doing work and playing sports,” claimed sophomore Grace Boyes.

Principal said, “I don't think starting school later would be better because I know with my own teenage daughter that if she started school later she'd just want to stay up later.”

Many students struggle more in their morning classes from lack of sleep, causing it to be hard to focus. A later school start could mean more sleep for these students, but could affect their after-school activities or cause them to stay up later than they already have prior to having a later start.

“I think that teenagers don't often get enough sleep and it might be beneficial for the high schools to start later and elementary schools to start earlier,” said English teacher Mrs. Kraemer.

However, starting school later could have its negative effects. After-school activities would have to be pushed back, and students with jobs would have to work later hours. In the end students could just end up getting the same amount of sleep. Practices and games for sports would be pushed back to later times than they already were, and clubs would still be right after school, but starting at a later time.

“It would all depend if we started later and went to bed at a normal time; but if we stayed up later and later, we'd be in the same situation that we are in now” said Kushak.

If students had more time to sleep in, they'd be more focused in their morning classes. Having a class at 8am for a kid who usually wakes up at 10am can be difficult. Kids fall asleep in class every day from lack of sleep and miss the lesson for that period. Starting school later affects their after-school activities and jobs. It could help kids who choose to use it to their advantage, or stay the same for everyone because the rest of their activities are moved back as well.

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