Essay on The Issue Of Concern Is School Start Times

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One of Megan McLaughlin 's main issue of concern is school start times. However, during this past year, she was successful in pushing back High School start times around an hour later. Ms. McLaughlin had been an advocate of later school start times for many years, seeing that she has 3 sons, who all attended Woodson. Later sleep times are important for many reasons. First, it has been proven that adolescent brains contain a hormone that makes it challenging for teens to fall asleep before 11 at night and be alert before 8 in the morning (Spinks). This observation shows that even though students may be sleeping 7 or 8 hours, by having school start at 7:20, student’s brains aren’t functioning as efficiently as they will be an hour later. Another reason to push back school start times is that today, the average student only sleeps 6-7 hours a night, which is far from the recommended 9-9.5 hours a night (“Sleep”). It’s suggested that high school aged children should sleep for 9 hours each night. Therefore, if school start at 7:20 a.m., and a student must wake up at 5:30 a.m. in order to catch their bus, that student would need to be asleep by 8:30 p.m. the night before. By adding is sports, work, and homework, it is clear to see how impossible it if for a student to achieve the necessary amount of sleep to function properly with such and early start time. Although the idea to push back school start times seems simple and extremely beneficial, it would cost the county $4.9…

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