"The National Sleep Foundation has conducted detailed studies into teen sleep. One statistic stands out: Three of every 10 students admit to falling fast asleep during class at least once per week."
"Another stat from the National Sleep Foundation: Fifteen percent of teen drivers surveyed admitted to driving drowsy at least once per week."
"In this study, when start times were delayed by one hour, the percentage of kids getting at least eight hours of sleep rose to 50 percent. Before altering start times, Danner and Phillips found just more than a third of middle and high school students in the district logged at least eight hours of sleep. The previous start times were 7:30 a.m. for the high school and 8 a.m. at the middle school.
While some might challenge that kids simply need to retire earlier at night, the hormonal research points to a certain biological futility to that effort. Laying in bed awake doesn't count as sleep. Another important finding is the students in the study needed less catch-up sleep on weekends, indicating that you can better regulate a child's sleep habits with a bit later start in the morning."And from the study it was found that in the two years after the school start time change, the average crash rates for 17-19 year old drivers in the county went down 16 percent while in the rest of the state they increased almost 8 percent.
The district is actively discussing start time changes for middle/high school (but more like a half hour than an hour) to save money on transportation costs. I've heard many people here bemoan how hard it is to transition their child from elementary to middle school because of the start times.
Let the Board know you want this to happen if that is your desire for your child. We have at least 2 high schools that start at 8:15-8:30 (Ballard and Hale) and they still have sports and after-school activities (the main complaints against changing start times).