South Portland schools to start later next year

Schools will start later for students in South Portland, Maine, next year. The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry  reports that high school classes will start 40 minutes later, while middle school students will begin their day 35 minutes later than the current schedule, which is 7:30 a.m. at the high school and 7:55 at the two middle schools.

The five elementary schools in South Portland will start five minutes later, changing from 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m., according to the school board agenda Proposed 2017-2018 School Start Times.

The Sentry reports that two other Main school districts (Westbrook, Biddeford and Saco) switched to later start times in recent years. Several other school districts are studying it for the 2017-2018 school year.

Westbrook was one of the first Maine school districts to adopt later start times, doing so in 2012. Biddeford and Saco did so last year, while Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and Kennebunk, among others, all have the concept on the table for the 2017-2018 school year.

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