BACKGROUND:Many districts, including South Burlington, have opted for a later start time for high school students to bring the start time into alignment with current research on adolescent sleep requirements. Other districts, such as Essex-Westford, are exploring a change as well.
RESEARCH:Please read the following summary of research about school start times for adolescents:
In a policy statement published online Aug. 25, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. Doing so will align school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms [not only amount of sleep] of adolescents, whose sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), notes in their weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, dated August 7, 2015."Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to:
--not engage in daily physical activity;
--suffer from depressive symptoms;
--engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs; and
--perform poorly in school.
However, insufficient sleep is common among high school students, with less than one third of U.S. high school students sleeping at least 8 hours on school nights."
SURVEY:The following survey is designed to gather input regarding possible future start time changes for our district's schools: