The plan approved for fall continued to call for early elementary start times, which roughly half of families had opposed in earlier district surveys.
Rare is a teenager that will keep such a schedule. Unfortunately, the transit system leaders remained firm that their buses could not accommodate a significant influx of students, he said.
But a careful study of the potential opportunities to capitalize on sleep science and close efficiency gaps in transportation scheduling can help districts make a strong case to the public.
Parents and students believe that the school district should change this and make the start of the school day later, so that they can get the right amount of sleep they need to function. Academic improvements have been shown, and overall school climate has been measurably improved when high schools have restored later start times.
For example, schools adopted mixed-age busingcoordinated with public transport systems and expanded afterschool child care.
Expanding childcare options can be crucial to making changes in start times work for families who have complicated schedules and who might otherwise resist. Family work routines are often organized around school rhythms.
Also, at midpuberty, adolescents became sleepier in the middle of the day.