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High school should start at 10 AM and no earlier

I see this as a disgruntled student who has school at 7:20 in the morning and has to wake up before 6 am just to make it to class in time.

We know TWO things about teenagers: (1) they need between 8-10 hours of sleep per night and (2) that their circadian rhythms, or the biological mechanism that regulates human sleep and wakeness patterns, operate in a way that, on average, they don't start producing melatonin until after 11 PM.

Taking those two facts into consideration, the typical high class has class at around 7 am and most students have to wake up between an hour or two hours before their first class if they don't want to be late. So like at 5 or 6 am. Let's assume that teens fall asleep right on the dot at 11 pm (even though in reality they actually fall asleep much later since melatonin takes time to induce sleep), and have to wake up at 6 am. That's only 7 hours of sleep, which is already under the 8-10 hour requirement.

And in reality since most teens fall asleep at least 15 or so minutes after 11 PM, as well as how some students wake up for school even earlier than 6, you have students getting between 4 and 6 hours of sleep, and this situation gets worse for students with jobs, lots of family obligations, extracurriculars, or lots of homework.

These earlier start times just DON'T work. We already have the data for why they're a terrible idea and even the CDC recommends that all high schools start no earlier than 8:30 am.

The reason I say 10 instead of 8:30 is because those same students who fall asleep at midnight and have to wake up two or so hours before school starts to make it on time would get 8 or 9 hours of sleep. You would have to fall asleep at 1 or 2 am to fall below the 8-10 number. That's way better than if you had school at 8:30 or even nine.

And I know what people are gonna say. But what about students with jobs? What about athletics or clubs? What if the school day is longer?

Well, for athletics or clubs you can either have them at 9 am or have them as part of the regular school day if we reduce instruction time (which we should do anyway), so that way people don't have to stay after school. You can also have tutorials and additional help during these times.

And about students with jobs, well I'm sorry but the rest of the school body shouldn't have to suffer because a minority of students have jobs. What's more, with a later start time, people have more time to spend doing things in the evening so maybe try to adjust your hours with your boss?

(I also think we shouldn't assign homework but that's a popular opinion lol)

TL; DR, a 10 AM start time would allow students to get the recommended sleep more easily and more often, improve grades, attendence, and classroom participation, and also greatly benefit student health, both physically and mentally. Let's do it!


I forgot to put this in the original:

Also we can shorten the school day so we get out at like 3:45 pm or something. Research shows that classes really shouldn't be longer than an hour anyway. Some of y'all literally have no imagination or problem solving skills lol.

Also I have a sleep condition so calling me lazy is really an ableist and uninformed thing to say so take that nonsense elsewhere.

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