Late start in school

AUSTIN, Minnesota –  It could be every student’s dream.

Waking up later instead of so early to go to school and now one area study is showing having students come in late is beneficial in many ways.

Waking up for school.

It can be a difficult process for many, especially those high school teenagers.

“Some days it’s a little bit harder than others. Some mornings I have jazz band at like 6:45 am so i have to be up by 5:45 am, get ready, and do all my stuff,” said Matthew Tylutki, a senior at AustinHigh School.

And when asked if he feels he would do better in school if it started later in the morning, Matthew’s answer?

“There’s been a few days this year that we’ve had late starts and I know when I come to school even if I have before school activities and stuff on those days that we start late through out the day its easier to focus and just keep in track and get work done,” said Matthew.

And according to a recent study by the University of Minnesota, if students come in later in the morning say near nine o clock their academics see a boost, attendance is better, and they’re not consuming as much caffeine to keep going throughout the day.

Director of Education Services, John Alberts, with Austin Public Schools says the study shows eight hours of sleep is crucial.

“Often time’s parents at home are thinking, especially with older students, you’re not reminding them to get to bed, but this study seems to indicate that it’s kind of important,” said Alberts.

Alberts says the high school starts a little after eight in the morning.

“You know an 8 o‘clock start time seems to work pretty well for us. I think another variable that has to be taken into consideration to is the size of your district and the amount of time it takes for your student to get from their home to school,” said Alberts.

But for Matthew, as a senior, he’s just counting down the days until he won’t have to wake up at all for class in the morning, well until college.

“Yeah I definitely think so I’m really excited to wake up when the sun is shining, I think that just brightens your day,” said Matthew.

The study also shows a 70 percent drop in car crashes among teen drivers who had later school start times.

More than 9,000 students from eight high schools participated in this study.

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