Virginia Beach considers later school start times

An editorial in the Virginia Pilot reports that the Virginia Beach school division is trying to determine the best time to begin the school day in hopes of helping students, teachers and parents. “There are many reasons to evaluate the appropriate start times, and the impact on adolescents is just one of many factors.”

What’s impressive is how Virginia Beach is going about the process of determining what, if any, changes would be best. The division’s requests for feedback from students, parents and staff have resulted in nearly 30,000 responses, including more than 20,000 from students and nearly 8,000 from parents.

Those responses give school leaders a lot of good information to consider as they evaluate what would work best. Any changes they make wouldn’t occur before at least the 2018-19 school year.

The Virginia Pilot concludes:

Along with all the important logistical issues involved in determining schedules, it’s important to consider the research about when students are at their peak for learning. It’s not about letting adolescents sleep later; it’s about getting the best performance in the classroom.

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