At these schools, later start times get an A-plus for students needing more sleep

February 11, 2019 | The Washington Post

At first, Lilly Grey Rudge objected to her classes starting later. Delaying the first-period bell nearly an hour until 8:45 a.m. meant that her mother could no longer drive her, and Lilly Grey would have to take two buses to Ballard High in Seattle.

Now, more than two years since the change, the 16-year-old junior is a fan.

“I’ve gained an hour of sleep,” she said. “I definitely feel a lot better. I find myself waking up around 7:30 without an alarm because it’s a natural time. It’s a great, great feeling.”

Other Seattle high school students also are sleeping more—a median of 34 minutes a night more—since the school district pushed back the start of classes from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in fall 2016, a new study shows. Plus, when school began later, grades and attendance went up, and tardiness went down.

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