Two New York school districts consider later start times

New Paltz school district debates later start times. A parent survey in New Paltz, New York, showed that 57 percent of middle school parents supported delaying the start time to 8:30 a.m. or later, according to The Times Herald-Record. “At the New Paltz middle and high schools, the warning bell sounds at 7:55 a.m. and the first class is at 8 a.m.”

One parent opposing a later start time noted that the New Paltz school district “already has one of the latest high school start times in the state of New York.”

The survey received a 66 percent response rate from students.

“The high school students supported the later start times but were concerned about the impact on afterschool programs and their ability to care for younger siblings,” David Blaiklock of the Virginia-based form K12 Insight, which conducted the survey for the district.

The Times Herald-Record also reported that the Monticello school district is also studying a later start time. Monticello currently has a 7:05 a.m. drop off for grades 6-12.

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