How can Rochester schools’ schedules make the grade?

Nikhil Marda, a high school junior (2015-16) at John Marshall High School in Rochester, MN, who published a well-researched and compellingly argued article in her local newspaper about the need to start school at healthy, evidence-based hours in a city that houses the Mayo Clinic. In her article, she writes:

“The most common objection to changing start times is that teens could just sleep earlier now. However, there are scientific reasons as to why this is flawed. Teenagers are biologically predisposed to sleeping later, with a phenomenon called sleep phase shift making them feel more awake in the late evening. Interestingly, a study conducted by Brown University found that when schools start later, students still sleep at the same time on average. The result? More sleep.”

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