School Start Times For Las Vegas High School Students Could Be Changing
School start times for Las Vegas high school students could be changing soon.
Remember back to when you were in school? Starting the school day later, and was always OUR suggestion, but no one listened! Well it might be happening here in Clark County – at least on one end of the school day.
School now starts at 7:20 a.m. Students, and some parents say it’ just too early. The American Academy of Pediatrics says, 8:30 a.m. is the best time for middle and high school students to give the right amount of sleep needed.
California was the first state to go with later school start times but other states like Alaska, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee are looking to follow.
Those in favor of a later start time say academic performance improves, along with better health, when kids get enough sleep. On the other hand, educators who are opposed to the later start time say there’s counterproductive domino effect of students sleeping later if they start later.
The majority of the board was in favor of the time change. Tim Hughes, a board member, said, “I’m not sure if mandating certain times makes sense but are there ways to incentivize the system? You should have multiple options, parents can’t afford transportation.”
During the meeting, members discussed the possible need for more bus drivers and teachers if the time change were to happen.
Vice President of the board Mark Newburn said the change of time really could be a good idea. “… I have calculus at 7 a.m. at Rancho High School and it was not a good experience.”
Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara attended the board meeting and told the board that the research is “very clear” but questions the logistics to make it a possibility for the nation’s fifth-largest school district.
Jara said, “When you think about it, it makes sense, but what do we do with our elementary schools? Who do we delay, who do we start earlier?”
The board plans to hold a future workshop to receive feedback and ideas from the state’s school superintendents along with the community to understand priorities for families.
What are your thoughts on this as a parent? As a student?
Next up – can we discus that national four day work week? I need to run for office…
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