Jef­fco schools to study push­ing back start times

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Ye­se­nia Robles

Jef­fco Pub­lic Schools will con­vene a study group this spring to look at whether high school stu­dents should start school later in the morn­ings.

“Peo­ple started rais­ing it to me when I started do­ing the lis­ten­ing tour as some­thing they were in­ter­ested in,” said Jef­fco Su­per­in­ten­dent Ja­son Glass. “We’re go­ing to study it.”

Glass said plans call for a task force to meet about eight times over more than a year to come up with rec­om­men­da­tions on whether the dis­trict should change high school start times, and if so, if it should be dis­trict-wide or only in some schools.

The group would need to con­sider the po­ten­tial rip­ple ef­fects of later high school start times, in­clud­ing need­ing to change trans­porta­tion, pos­si­ble costs to the dis­trict and the im­pact it could have on stu­dents’ op­por­tu­ni­ties for work, sports or other af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Cherry Creek and Gree­ley-Evans school dis­tricts moved their high school start times later in the morn­ing this fall. Re­search has shown that teenagers need more sleep. It’s that re­search that Glass said many peo­ple cited when telling him that high school classes shouldn’t start so early. Chalk­beat Colorado is a non­profit news or­ga­ni­za­tion cov­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion is­sues. For more, visit chalk­beat.org/co.

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