What Are The Benefits Of Changing School Start Time Essay

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PCEP needs to change their start times for the better of their students. If we pushed the school start time back an hour it would benefit everyone. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine say we shouldn’t start school any earlier than 8:30 am. According to sciencedaily.com, a CDC study found that 85.6 percent of U.S. high schools started before 8:30 a.m. Earlier start times lead to car accidents, depression, and poor academic performance. The whole reasoning behind changing these times is it would help coincide with student’s circadian clocks. Circadian clocks or Circadian rhythm is a cycle that tells us what our physiological needs are, internally. Also, biologically teens have naturally later sleep times due to the neurotransmitters and other neurochemicals in their brain.…show more content…
Later school starts have also been associated with less depression and anxiety. And according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, starting later, “aid peak alertness and performance while supporting better mental health and student safety.” It seems as though there’s only benefits to changing school start times. Maybe that’s why according to debate.org, 79% of people surveyed agree with start times being later. However, changing something so concrete is difficult because of busses, and sports with their practices, and also job shift times. This can all be changed with more funding for busses. Sports wouldn’t need to change that much, but they would go later into the day with how current practice times for these sports and other activities are. For students who work, this might also be an issue with how some shifts start at four, and they might need more time to get from school to
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