Noblesville schools discuss a later start time

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (May 6, 2014) – Noblesville school administrators discussed a later start time in a public forum Monday night.

According to administrators, the high school staff expressed concerns about the energy level and alertness of many students during their morning classes.

Administrators cited research:

  • During puberty, the sleep patterns for adolescents change because of hormonal issues (melatonin)
  • As a result, it is difficult for high school students to fall asleep until after 10 p.m.
  • High school students need 8.5 – 9.25 hours of sleep per night, and early school start times prevent many, if not most students, from attaining this much sleep
  • Many sleep experts said that “Waking a teen at 7 a.m. is similar to waking an adult at 4 a.m.” because of the influence of hormones on their sleep patterns

Currently, most high school students are not getting enough sleep which results in:

  • Tardiness to school
  • Inability to stay awake during morning classes
  • Mental lapses and difficulty in concentrating
  • Conflicts with teachers and peers, and
  • Depression

Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Conner is considering a recommendation to change the school hours as follows:

Elementary 8:00 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Middle and high school 8:45 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Last night’s public forum was just a discussion.

The decision will be made on May 20 to move forward with it, to study it for an additional year, or to not move forward at all.

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