Shifting school start times could very well improve attendance for middle and high school students. Research shows that sleep patterns naturally shift as children mature making it more difficult for them to fall asleep as early as they did when they were younger. Without adequate sleep at night, (optimally 8.5-9.5 hours) teenagers are more apt to get to school late or miss it entirely, studies show.
School Start Later, a nonprofit group, would like schools to change their morning bell times to allow teens to get a full night's rest. Teens who get adequate sleep are less at risk for health problems such as diabetes, obesity and depression. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a host of other national and regional groups support later morning school start times for teens.
Read our blog post to find out how shifting morning school start times can help improve student attendance!