LETTER: Start school later

One out of every five teens has a sleeping problem. Clyde High School needs to have a later start time to the school day to allow it
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

One out of every five teens has a sleeping problem. Clyde High School needs to have a later start time to the school day to allow its teen students to obtain the necessary amount of sleep required for teens to be physically and emotionally productive.

Only 20 percent of teenage girls get the recommended nine hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Most teens only get about seven hours of sleep per night. Teens are totally sleep deprived, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Some of the doctors in America think teens are so tired because they drink so much caffeine during the day, it is keeping them up late at night.

Lack of sleep affects how teens perform in school, and how they feel and treat their neighbors. Teens are not to blame for not getting enough sleep each night. If most teens had an activity to do after school they will be tired and go to sleep..

To start school at a later time, we would have to convince the board of education that this is a good idea, and then have a vote through out the community. It would have to be done during summer when school is out.

I think we could start an hour late. A lot of kids would benefit from this, and we could still get out at the same time as we used to in the old time. If we took off eight minutes and 30 seconds off each period, then we would be able to get out at the same time. Many students would convince their parents to vote yes. This would benefit all the students academically and they will be in better moods because they are well rested.

Tony Clark

Clyde