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A Case for Later Start Times at Local High School

April 13, 2019

Recently at Chelmsford High School, a student led movement for a later school start time that has begun to gain traction. Later school start times would greatly benefit the students at CHS.

The most obvious reason is sleep. According to reports, teenagers get around seven hours of sleep on average, while the recommended amount of sleep is actually around 9 hours.

Furthermore, an analysis done by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed 72.7 percent of teenagers in high school did not get the recommended amount of sleep.

The start time of Chelmsford High is 7:19 a.m. Students have to wake up at as early as 5 a.m. to prepare for school, and this has many negative influences on the health of the students.

It is clear that students are not sleeping enough, but why does this matter?

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, there is a direct correlation between a good night’s sleep and healthy brain function, emotional well being, physical health, and safety. Specifically, a sleep-deprived teen will have less cognitive ability, causing them to suffer in the classroom, as well as have slower reflexes that can affect them on the road.

An objection to changing the start times of Chelmsford’s public schools is the difficulty and costs of adjusting busing. Are the short-term costs ample reasoning for the neglect of the sons, daughters and students of Chelmsford?

Many of the schools nearby Chelmsford have made the switch to later mornings, but Chelmsford has yet to accommodate its students. As a student at Chelmsford High School, it is upsetting to accept the risks and consequences of early school times, as they affect both my safety and my future.

SAN KIM

Chelmsford