Group Recommends Later School Start Times

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

One of the most influential medical groups in the country wants students starting the school day later, but one local superintendent says there are a lot of elements to consider.

Superintendent Tony Dunn of Belpre City Schools says he supports students getting a little bit of a later start to their day.

Belpre High School starts class at 7:50.

But Tuesday morning, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all middle and high schools start classes at 8:30 or later.

Dunn says an 8:30 start in Belpre might not work considering transportation, food service and student activities.

"It would be really nice to get everybody's body clock on the same time. We know that teenagers react better and learn better if they have classes that start later in the day. Unfortunately, schools are complex," says Dunn.

Studies show eight-and-a-half to nine-and-a-half hours of sleep is optimal for teens.

But the average high school senior gets less than seven hours a night.

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