Late Start Petition

If you are interested, read the petition and sign it.  It has over 3500 signatures already.


Anonymous said…
I feel like I signed this petition a long time ago - 6 months ago? Is this the same petition that was previously circulated by Ms. Jatul?

Anonymous said…
This is the same petition that was circulated by Start Schools Later in the fall. You do not need to sign it again if you have already signed it.

-HS Parent
Anonymous said…
There's also this:

I'm SO hoping for a later start time for middle and high school kids. Their bodies need more sleep, and their minds just aren't ready to learn at such an early hour.

-SPS parent
old fashioned said…
Maybe you should get them to go ro bed earlier
dw said…
old fashioned said: Maybe you should get them to go ro bed earlier

It's hard to believe someone would even bother to make a comment like this nowadays. Do you even know what the issues are?

Sign me,
Also Old Fashioned, But Knows How To Read The Research
Anonymous said…
The research is clear. Most teens have changes in melatonin secretions that make them wide awake late into the evening & sleepy later in the morning, even when they are tired. Maybe we didn’t know this 50 years ago but we also didn’t know about infant car seats.

Read the research. national sleep foundation

Research shows that adolescents require at least as much sleep as they did as children, generally 8 1/2 to 9 1/4 hours each night (Carskadon et al., 1980). Key changes in sleep patterns and needs during puberty can contribute to excessive sleepiness in adolescents, which can impair daytime functioning. First, daytime sleepiness can increase during adolescence, even when teens’ schedules allow for optimal amounts of sleep (Carskadon, Vieri, & Acebo, 1993). Second, most adolescents undergo a sleep phase delay, which means a tendency toward later times for both falling asleep and waking up. Research shows the typical adolescent’s natural time to fall asleep may be 11 pm or later; because of this change in their internal clocks, teens may feel wide awake at bedtime, even when they are exhausted (Wolfson & Carskadon, 1998). This leads to sleep deprivation in many teens who must wake up early for school, and thus do not get the 8 1/2 - 9 1/4 hours of sleep that they need.

-Start Later
Anonymous said…
To Old Fashioned-

-How old are your kids?
-What time do they go to bed, and what time do they wake up?
-What time do they start school? -How much homework do they have and how many activities are they involved in, including a job?

I have three teenage sons, and the idea of resolving this issue by "going to bed earlier" is ridiculous, laughable and frankly, ignorant.

-SPS parent
Anonymous said…
I think it's important to acknowledge that all kids are different as well. My teenage son has his light out by 9:30-10:00 and wouldn't want to start school any later than 8:30 as it would waste too much of the afternoon if school were to get out much later - his words, not mine. It would be great to have a "0" period (as I did in high school) for early risers and later start for those who wish to sleep in.

- options

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