Delay morning school start for teens

25 August 2014Science

Andrew Seaman, reporting for Reuters:

Middle and high schools should delay their start times to at least 8:30 a.m. to benefit the health and welfare of students, according to a new policy statement from a large organization of U.S. pediatricians.

Instead of having teens be in school by 7:30 or 8:00, delaying the start time has been found in past research to improve their quality of life through physical and mental health, safety and better academic performance, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in its journal Pediatrics.

And while we’re at it, why don’t we shift the start time for everyone else too?