Earlier school day for LHS students?

From the Lebanon Express:

Lebanon High School will start earlier — 35 minutes earlier — and get out earlier, running 7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. next year rather than 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

As soon as I read this I got confused, because there’s been research in the news recently suggesting that earlier start times are not actually good for high school students.  And lo, someone else is on the ball:

But a movement is afoot in protest of the earlier start time for the high school.

Sophomore Misa Smith started the Facebook fan page “Stop LHS from starting early!” The page has 87 members.

I would love to hear from Rob Hess and Bo Yates why they are pushing for an earlier start time, given the tendency for teens to have sleep cycles that run later.  And I assume both are well beyond the “it’s better for them to grow up!” rhetoric, since the evidence suggests otherwise.   At least I hope they are – I expect to hear that from commenters and some parents, but not LCSD officials.

Also, the FB page is now over 100 members.

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5 Comments on “Earlier school day for LHS students?”

  1. I’m curious, did you go to the school board meeting on Thurs. evening?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    The rumor is athletics cause students to be up too late! Hahahaha!!! They have basically taken away an hour of sleep from students. The students will STILL be up till between 1 and 2 am when their circadian rhythm allows them to finally sleep. If they were looking out for the students best interest, they would start at 10 and get out at 4.

  3. Dennis Says:

    Nope. No time these days, and let’s face, the issues facing the district are being dealt with in a much more mature and adult manner than they were a few years ago.

  4. Dennis Says:

    Anon – the word I got after I posted that is that there were simply too many other factors involved to be able to schedule LHS later. However, I think both that (a) this is the wrong decision, and (b) the District should still explain what those factors are. However, I am convinced that the District is aware of the issues at play and made a considered decision.

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