Councilors: It’s past time to let high-school kids sleep in

The City of Boston joins dozens of communities in Massachusetts in recognizing that a later start time can have a significant impact on the health and well being of our children, by aligning the school day with their own natural sleep schedule

“City Councilors want Boston to join the ranks of communities pushing back high-school start times to give sleep-deprived students a better jump on the day. The council unanimously approved holding a hearing on the idea of starting high school as late as 8:30 a.m. Nearly half the city’s high schools currently start at 7:20 or 7:30 a.m., councilors said. At-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, a former teach at East Boston High School, says giving kids even just an extra hour of shuteye could reduce tardiness, absenteeism and even obesity and depression.”

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