Laval (Canada) parents say 7:45 a.m. is too early for school to start

Of the 8,300 parents who responded to a survey put out by the parents committee at the Commission Scolaire de Laval, 75 per cent said they would prefer a later school start time.  Parents say the early start time leads to crunched routines and tired kids.

“My kids are at the end of their rope,” wrote another parent.

Sylvain Martel, the president of the parents’ committee, proposed the survey because he thinks parents, like teachers, should be consulted on decisions about scheduling.

“It not only concerns their kids at school, it’s their kids at home also,” said Martel.

One in three elementary schools and one in five high schools in the Laval board begin classes at 7:45 a.m., whereas most of the parents who responded to the survey said they’d prefer school to start around 8:15 a.m.

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