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NEW HEADING 1
A Later School Start Time is Debated
January 22, 2013James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
Students in high school are sleeping in their morning classes due to the early school day, according to CNN and teachers at B.F.A.
CNN also reported that most doctors believe that teens need a minimum of eight to ten hours of sleep. But nowadays teens are only getting an average of six hours of sleep. That is a two-hour nightly deficit.
After only one week of class, three teachers at Byrnes Freshman Academy said that they have only had one student fall asleep during their morning classes. They all also happen to agree that students are going to sleep at a later hour is the main problem.
Schools around the state are starting to change their own school hours to a later time. Mrs. Ledford, a social studies at BFA, would agree that school hours should be later for the health and alertness of students. Students themselves, Beatrice Betancert and Logan Campbell, agree that school should start at later hours and end at a later hour, also.
The only problem with school hours changing might be afternoon sports. Coach Bunton, the J.V. football coach, said, “It would be difficult for younger students to get transportation to practice and get home,” and “Students would be away from their families longer because of the hour change affecting sports.”
Some teachers, according to CNN, said that it is the students who are the problem because they are staying up wasting their time on video games and internet. On the other hand, students are saying it is the teachers’ fault because of all the homework the students are given, which is keeping them up late.
Even sports can add to the problem due to the late hours, which then forces the students to try to finish homework at late hours.