Should school start so early?

Issac Webb, Section Reporter

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Ever thought that schools should start later? I know I have at least once in the time that I’ve been in Fremont, though unlike some people, I disagree with changing the schedule and starting at a time like 8:30 A.M., and I am here to show explain to you why we shouldn’t change it.
“Teens should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep because they’re growing” says the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, but we can already get more sleep by taking a nap. Plus getting up at the time we do let’s us get used to getting up earlier for things like work when we’re grown up. To me it doesn’t seem like much of a problem to me as long as a person has an alarm clock or someone to wake them up. Waking up early lets us do other things too.
When we wake up early, not only does it give us time for sports after school, it also lets us get more time to play games and do our homework. Starting early also lets teacher get more work done in the morning. Plus, getting up earlier lightens the traffic from elementary buses.
“Teens need to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep because if they don’t it might affect their health” says the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, but it might give us less/limited time to do things in the afternoon.
One problem with starting later would be that it would probably affect all of the schedules in a school district. Teenagers would also get out later, which might be a problem for anyone who babysits or has to watch their younger siblings. Sports would also have problems, because teens would get home way later than usual. Finally, teens might stay up even later than before, because they wouldn’t have to wake up as early.
Over all, this probably wouldn’t be as big of a problem if teens just went to bed sooner. If kids go to bed earlier, they would get more sleep. Also, more parents wouldn’t be able to take their kids to school, because some parents’ jobs start at 7:00 A.M. or 7:30 A.M. If schools started later for middle schools/ high schools, it might cause the elementary kids to have to wait in the dark for the bus and cause little kids to have to wake up at times like 5:00 A.M. or 6:00 A.M.
Finally, later start times might give teachers less time with their families or friends. The change will affect many people and companies such as libraries, youth sport clubs and more. Over all, I think we shouldn’t change the start and end times. It would mean a lot of change for all involved.

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