Early Start Times for Schools

Here at UHS, students have to be in their homeroom at 7:40 am. So that means that the students have to get up really early to catch their bus. The exact time all depends on where the student lives. Students who live in town are closer to the school and don’t have to get up as early. Many of these students do have to allow time to walk to school though. Student from the mountain live farther away and get on their bus earlier, therefore they have to wake up earlier so that they have time to get ready. Some get up as early as 5:30 am. For myself, I get up at 6:00 am and get on the bus at 6:50.

School starting early has its pros and cons. One of the major cons of school starting early is that students aren’t getting enough sleep and that could have a bad impact on their performance in the classroom. There are also a lot of students who tend to fall asleep in class which is also a result from lack of sleep and school starting too early. This can also affect their grades and their test scores in a bad way and could potentially lead to them failing if it becomes too big of a problem. Early start times not only can affect the students performance in the classroom, but it can also cause health issues such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Since we don’t usually wake up naturally until later in the morning, students have to set an alarm to wake them up in the morning. Waking up abruptly like that could also increase your heart rate and blood pressure. It could also add to their stress levels by getting their adrenaline rushing. This also creates a higher risk of sleeping in and missing the bus and being late than it would be for later start times.

Aside from all the cons, there are a few benefits to starting school early. If school starts earlier, that means that it ends earlier. Therefore, the students will have more free time in the afternoon when they leave and go home. This will allow more time for students to do their homework, after-school activities, and for teens to get a job. There is no perfect answer when it comes to deciding whether school should start early or later.

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