As we hit the middle of summer and visions of a new schoolyear and a new schools superintendent become a reality next month, the time hascome once again to formally look at the time school starts each day. Moreresearch continues to be done on the topic of school start times, and moreindications are that pushing the start of the day back would allow for moresleep and thus better performing students, which sounds like a really good ideafor administrators, teachers, and parents.
There is no question that there are logistical problemsinvolved with pushing the start of school back to at least 8:30am daily, butmore and more states and schools are giving it a go. Civil beat recentlyreported on the efforts at Kaimuki High School's efforts to start later and theresearch surrounding that effort done by Chaminade sleep research analyst,Tracy Treverrow. Kaimuki High will start classes again at 9am for the 3rdyear in a row, having switched from an 8am start time. Indications are that theplan is working there.