Philadelphia is giving high schoolers more time to sleep. Will it have unintended consequences?

By: | March 18, 2022

Beginning this fall, the Philadelphia School District is shifting its high school start times to a mostly universal 9 a.m., reflecting a national movement to improve academic outcomes by allowing teens more sleep.

A letter sent to Philadelphia School District principals and staff Thursday by chief of schools Evelyn Nuñez says, “Research shows that later start times for high school students enable them to arrive at school more alert and ready to learn.”

The decision comes after the school system created earlier start times this year, some to 7:30 a.m. Before the pandemic, high school start times varied.

Read more from The Philadelphia Inquirer.