School Start Time

Male high school student asleep in class
Male high school student asleep in class — Image by © Image Source/Corbis

For years the local governments of cities have been debating on the idea if the regular school starting time be shifted an hour later than the original start time, or just remain the same. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The average start time for public high schools is 7:59 A.M.” The problem is that if schools were to change their starting times, then multiple issues will begin to develop. Conflicts with after school activities, such as athletics, clubs, and bands would occur, which would then also affect with the students’ parents work schedules, resulting in a whole fiasco with bus transportation. If schools were to remain at the same starting time, then issues with the students’ parents work schedule, after school activities, and transportation would not be interfered with whatsoever and things would continue to run smoothly with the same schedule schools have been going with for years.


One of the biggest issues as of why shifting the start time to an hour later would not be affective is because it could create a nightmare for family schedules. School starts at the time it does so if flexes with the parent’s work schedules. Parents are usually able to see their kids early in the morning before they go off to work to cook them breakfast, drive them to school if necessary, etc. Some parents would not be able to get their kids to school on time if the start time was changed, resulting in conflicts with the parents job, and some parents might even have to find new jobs because of this. Bus transportation would create havoc for school board members as the new school schedule would affect family’s daily routines. For schools to remain at the same start time will not create any new disastrous situations with students transportation.


You will often hear that a good reason for school to start at a later time is for students to get more rest so they will be healthier and more alert during the day. The reason why that is not true is because students have the choice as to whether or not they want to go to bed at a reasonable time, like 9:00-9:30, or just stay up till midnight and go to school exhausted. As said in the USA Today Newspaper, David J. Maume in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior concluded that “social relational factors outperform developmental factors in determining youths’ sleep patterns, particularly pointing to the importance of parental, peer and school ties in promoting healthy sleep behaviors.” Just because school start time would begin an hour earlier doesn’t mean the students are going to be more rested, it all depends on the students themselves for being responsible and going to sleep at an appropriate and reasonable time.


Education is the most important part of everybody’s life, and it all starts with school. If the starting time for school was shifted to an hour later than the usual time, many conflicts would then rise. Parents job schedules would be greatly affected, possibilities include parents having to then flex around their students school schedule, which could result in the parent having to find a new job, which sometimes doesn’t exactly work out. The school board would then have to contact the transportation arrangements and find ways on how to also get the elementary kids the transportation they need as well. All of this can be avoided if schools were to just keep the same start time they have now where everything flexes with the schedule smoothly.


In conclusion, if schools were to just remain at the regular start time, all these conflicts wouldn’t even be any issues and things could remain as they are now. After all, we don’t want to interfere with the educational process, and altering the time can also affect the student’s ability to learn, so schools should just completely forget about possibly changing the time and continue with the regular schedule that everyone has already adapted to.


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