Earlier Start Startles Students

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

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Gieringer--Copy #1If you have not realized this already, Fleetwood Area High School’s day has been moved up by five minutes.

Students seem to be overly harsh on the change in schedule for the Fleetwood Area High School. The school day used to start at 7:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, but it now starts 7:25 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary, thinks that school leaders should begin school later in the morning because students get more sleep when they do not wake up so early for school.

Fleetwood is one of the earliest schools to open in Berks County. Reading High school starts at 8:05 a.m. Antietam Middle-Senior High School used to start at 7:45 a.m., but it has been changed to 7:30 a.m. All of these schools changing their starting times to an earlier time is not as good as expected.

“Studies show that students who sleep for a longer time get into fewer vehicle accidents, show better judgment, and do better on tests,” Robert J. Cappa said in a Reading Eagle article.

”A person’s sleeping schedule is adaptable,” English teacher Zachary Houp said.  “If students aren’t getting enough sleep because the day starts so early, then they need to go to bed earlier.  Forcing a later start because students are unwilling to make small sacrifices for education is a step in the wrong direction.”

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