9:00 is the New 7:45

Needed changes to the start time of school

Katie Upton, Fall 2015 J1 Student

You wake up in the morning to your alarm booming at the crack of dawn.

Your peaceful night of sleeping is officially over.

If only school started an hour later.

It’s time to start getting ready for a long day at school and you’re so tired from the hours of sleep you didn’t get last night because of how much homework you had.

You wouldn’t be so tired and “out of it” the next day if you would have gotten the proper eight hours of sleep needed for your next day but you had to wake up at at least 6:00 to be on time for school at 7:45.

According to The Sleep Foundation, teens need about eight to ten hours of sleep each night to function best. It was reported that only 15% of teens get eight and a half hours each night.

This problem can easily be resolved with moving back the start time of school to 9:00 am.

This would be an ideal time to begin classes because according to The Baltimore Sun, teenager’s brains don’t start to fully function until 10:00 am but that would make school’s dismissal at 5:00 pm.

If school started at this time, student’s stress levels would decrease while academic scores would increase.