Tested & Proved!
A study was conducted at St. George’s Boarding School in Rhode Island. As a trial, they swiched class starting times from 8 AM to 8:30 AM. In addition, 5 to 10 minutes were dropped from each class to ensure the school day would finish on time and guarantee extracurricular activities were not affected. The results were outstanding. The percentage of students who got at least 8 hours of sleep jumped up 39%. First period tardiness was almost cut in half. This is exactly what we want to happen with our school.
At our local high school in California, we would cut about 5 minutes off of each class and cut out 7 minutes of nutrition. We would eventually try to cut at least one minutes off of each 7 minute passing period.We want to encourage students to have a nutritious breakfast in the morning which will contribute to increased alertness throughout the mornings. Delaying school starting time will be worthwhile after all.