Hitting snooze on school start times

Morgan Bakos, Staff Writer

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Buzz…buzz… buzz…. sr. Cat Skindelien wakes up for her usual morning before school. Only today, she woke up late from hitting snooze one too many times. Her dad is already waiting outside, so she throws on some clothes and heads out the door, without having time to eat breakfast. On top of that, they now have to go out to Burnsville to pick up her friend for school. Now with all of this, she has early-bird on top, so she is trying to get everything done and making it to school by seven in the morning. Sadly, this kind of morning is very relatable to many teenagers today.

Teenagers are compared to zombies in this day and age. School schedules like ours require students to be in class by 8:02 a.m., and some at 7 a.m. To learn and take in the information they are being taught at this time in the morning can be a real challenge for many students. “For me, I’m in an early bird class so I have to wake up at six every day which is really hard when I have after-school activities and homework,” jr. Ryan Dircks said. That’s the other part. On top of waking up early in the morning, many students are a part of an after-school activity. This requires them to be at school much later and then they have to go home and do homework. Now add in the fact that students are also trying to fit in a social life or spend time with their family. All of this and students are expected to get a good nights rest.

The Scientific American explains the biological research that shows that 24-hour cycles shift during the teenage years, making teenagers feel the need to stay up later and night and sleep later in the morning. At this point, teenagers can’t help sleeping in late, it’s what their bodies are telling them they should do. So when the teenage body is telling them to sleep, the schools are telling them to learn. The brain isn’t going to be taking in the information it’s being given in the first few hours of school, especially for those who take an early bird.


To fix this some students believe that the school schedule should change. “I think that first hour should start at nine and then we get out an hour later,” sr. Tawnee Henze said. This way, students can get an extra hour of sleep in the morning. Others have different ideas to change the school’s timing. “I think that school should start at noon, and all after school activities be held before school, so if a student has to come in early that’s their own choice to be a part of that activity,” sr. Britton Vandenheuvel said. If her idea was to happen, many students could get the extra sleep they need in the morning or have time to do homework in the morning. Either way, students want a change in the school’s schedule.

It wouldn’t be impossible to push back the school times an hour at the high schools. Especially when the elementary schools in Lakeville start at 9 a.m. If the elementary kids are starting later, why can’t the high schoolers? If schools want to stop seeing kids fall asleep in class, they should do something to change it besides telling them they need to get more sleep.

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