Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens' Health
August 25, 2014
Source - NPR
Many parents have pushed for a later start to the school day for teenagers, with limited success. But parents just got a boost from the nation's pediatricians, who say that making middle and high schoolers start classes before 8:30 a.m. threatens children's' health, safety and academic performance. "We want to promote safety with kids," says Dr. Cora Breuner, an adolescent medicine specialist at Seattle Children's. "We truly believe that our teenagers are getting six to seven hours of sleep a night, and they need eight to 10." On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement calling on school districts to move start times to 8:30 a.m. or later for middle and high schools, so that students can get at least 8 1/2 hours of sleep a night.