BEFORE THE BELL: Later school start times

The National Sleep Foundation finds a later start to the school day can lead to better grades, attendance and overall mood. (WEYI)

FLUSHING, Mich. --The National Sleep Foundation finds a later start to the school day can lead to better grades, attendance and overall mood.

See sleep guidelines here.

Flushing School District moved its start time back three years ago, and as we’ve learned in this "Before the Bell" report, they're seeing results.

Waking up and getting ready for school is not something most students enjoy.

Sydnei Chandler is a freshman at Flushing High School and is one of them.

Chandler was happy to learn that Flushing High School starts classes at 8 a.m.

It's still early, but three years ago the first bell rang in flushing at 7:40 a.m.

Teacher Amanda Canterbury says it may not seem like a big difference, but it is.

When the school district pushed back their start time three years ago, Principal Jason Melynchek and Canerbury saw an immediate change in their students.

While more and more school districts are pushing back their start time, some parents are in favor of it, and others say it's really all about getting the kids to sleep on time.

Christine Chandler also argues that if the start of the school day is pushed back kids will then have an excuse to stay up late.

That's why she takes away all electronic devices a half hour before bed.

Canterbury realizes students will still be tired, even with a later start time.

She said it's her job to keep them awake and moving the minute they walk in the door.

Melyncheck says the other obstacle to pushing back school start times is the coordination with other districts and the bus routes.

It's something he hopes that all districts can work together in hopes of giving students a fresh, rested start to the day.


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