DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (FOX 29) - The Central Bucks School District is considering later start times and most students FOX 29 spoke with are all for it.
It’s rethinking start times based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, including research that shows when school starts later students typically sleep 25 to 77 minutes longer per night.
“I know when I go to my first period, I’m a little bit tired in the morning. Sometimes I don’t take in as much as I do in my later classes. I notice my grades are higher in 5th and 6th," 9th grader Liam Mulreaney said.
Randy Mulreaney likes the idea especially if it reduces sleepiness and improved students attention.
“I think it would be a little tricky with sports at the end of the day but overall they’re exhausted in the morning," he said.
This mom is completely against the idea.
“They get home later, stay up later doing homework, so I don’t know if it’s gonna make a big difference," mom, Hillary Veeder, said.
Her son agrees. He says he gets up at 6:30 a.m. every morning with no problem.
“I don’t think it would help very much, honestly," 9th grader Jack Dietz said.