What Time Should High School Start?


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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, high schools should start school at 8:30 a.m. or later. This is because children need at least eight to 10 hours of sleep to be able to function effectively during the day.

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What Time Should High School Start?
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The academy argues that, when toddlers advance to teenagers, their sleep timetable changes and is pushed to an addition of two hours. Therefore, it is next to impossible for them to go to bed before 10 p.m. A poll administered by the National Sleep Foundation found that about 59 percent of toddlers and 87 percent of high-schoolers were getting eight hours of sleep. If this changed, research suggests children would do better at school and generally have an improved quality of life.

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