Rise and Shine: Students Are Up Before The Sun

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School is usually a happy environment to be in, but when students are forced to beat the sun to school in the morning, how much are they really learning?

School is usually a happy environment to be in, but when students are forced to beat the sun to school in the morning, how much are they really learning? Is waking up extremely early for school (even though you get out earlier) worth it?

 

At Carmody Middle School in Lakewood, Colorado, school begins at 7:20 a.m. and ends at 2:00 in the afternoon. Usually, students arrive at school around 7:00. Seventh grader Isaac Green says that he is, "grouchy in the morning," and drinks, "caffeine, lots of caffeine," to keep him awake. Other students agree that they awake too early in the morning for school, especially the kids that ride busses. Most kids get up between 5 and 6 o'clock in the morning.

 

Even though most students don't enjoy waking up early in the morning, does the time they go to bed affect their morning attitude? Lauren Thompson, also a Carmody 7 th grader, says, "I go to bed from about 10-11 each night." Isaac agrees that he hops in bed around 10 o'clock too. But Taylor Hatch, who doesn't mind what time school starts, says that she goes to bed at 8. Could the time students go to bed affect their take on early school mornings?

 

There are several contributing factors to what time school starts, one of them being buses. What if school buses picked students up 10 minutes later? Jeremiah Martinez states that his bus picks him up at 6:48 a.m. and Isaac's at 6:40. The only problem is that the buses have to pick up other schools too.

 

Another huge issue caused by lack of sleep in students is focusing. Lauren and Taylor both say that the little amount of sleep they get each night makes it difficult to pay attention in class. "First period is hard for me because I'm so tired," Lauren told me.

 

Tons of students have suggested that school should start at 8:00 in the morning instead of 7:20. Would starting school 40 minutes later work? "I think it would because it would give students more time to get themselves together in the morning. Plus, there is a study that proved that teen brains don't wake up until about 9:00," Lauren said.

 

So, what time do you wake up for school?

 

For more information, go to http://sc.jeffco.k12.co.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=280&url_redirect=1 .