Science

School board changes start times, follows sleep science

Posted 10:38 a.m. Wednesday

— Following sleep science guidelines for adolescents, a New Hampshire school board has voted to start middle and high school later in the morning as of next year.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2g6S5h2) the change will push back the middle and high school start times about an hour and synchronize the elementary school start times in Portsmouth.

Middle and high school students will start at about 8:30 a.m. next year, instead of 7:30 a.m. All three elementary schools will start at 8:20 a.m.

The motivation is to align the start times with sleep science that suggests adolescents shift their sleep times, naturally staying up later and sleeping in later.

Some school officials might lose a bit of sleep sleep over the $164,000 it will cost to add more bus runs and bus monitors.

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