Change the start time of Anderson High School from 7:30 to 8:30

Change the start time of Anderson High School from 7:30 to 8:30

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Davin von Holdt started this petition to Anderson School Corporation

According to the CDC, “Schools start too early.” “Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.” According to the 2007 study by the National Risk Behavior Survey data of U.S. high school students where 12,154 students were analyzed. We found that “Insufficient sleep on an average school night was reported by 68.9% of students. Insufficient sleep was associated with higher odds of current use of cigarettes (age-adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 1.67; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.45–1.93), marijuana (AOR, 1.52; 95% CI, 1.31–1.76), and alcohol (AOR, 1.64; 95% CI, 1.46–1.84); current sexual activity (AOR, 1.41; 95% CI, 1.25–1.59); seriously considered attempting suicide (AOR, 1.86; 95% CI, 1.60–2.16); feeling sad or hopeless (AOR, 1.62; 95% CI, 1.43–1.84); physical fighting (AOR, 1.40; 95% CI, 1.24–1.60), not being physically active at least 60 min ≥ 5 days in the past 7 days (AOR, 1.16; 95% CI, 1.04–1.29), using the computer ≥ 3 h/day (AOR, 1.58; 95% CI, 1.38–1.80), and drinking soda/pop” At first glance, this just seems like numbers, but these are all negative effects that can be traced back originally to a lack of sleep in adolescent students. 68.9% of students have a greater risk of feeling sad, hopeless, or even suicidal, these students are more likely to get into physical fights, use a computer for over 3 hours a day, and it even increases students risk of using tobacco and marijuana.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying start times of middle and high schools to combat teen sleep deprivation and this is why- “Studies show that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. But getting enough sleep each night can be hard for teens whose natural sleep cycles make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. – and who face a first-period class at 7:30 a.m. or earlier the next day.(AAP) ” ““Chronic sleep loss in children and adolescents is one of the most common – and easily fixable – public health issues in the U.S. today,” said pediatrician Judith Owens, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement, “School Start Times for Adolescents,” published in the September 2014 issue of Pediatrics.”(AAD)” According to the AAP News And Journal Gateway, “Insufficient sleep also takes a toll on academic performance. In the National Sleep Foundation poll cited previously, 28% of students reported falling asleep in school at least once a week, and more than 1 in 5 fell asleep doing homework with similar frequency. Many studies show an association between decreased sleep duration and lower academic achievement at the middle school, high school, and college levels, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness and decreased readiness to learn” In more recent study, also conducted in an independent school setting, a 25-minute delay in start time was associated not only with increased sleep duration and decreased daytime sleepiness but also with less self-reported depressed mood”
With all of this evidence, it is our turn as students to stand up for ourselves and show that we need more time to sleep. Signing this petition will show ACSC that we care about our health. We demand a healthier schedule for an overall healthier life!

     Here are some alternatives to things we can do-

 Make the first hour an option for the students- in high school we are given privileges and proving more and more everyday that we can make our own decisions.  If first period started at 8:30, but anytime 7:30-8:29 is time to meet with teachers, ask questions, and really get a jump on the day. This would be a good option for people who have their parents drop them off around 7:30, or children that feel they need help, because let's face it we don't have enough time to talk with our teachers, and we need to know them.

 

Only allow homework when absolutely necessary-  Homework is completely over assigned, and us as students can not get enough sleep, and do all of their homework. We have jobs, sports, families, and other activities we really can't escape. Homework is also ineffective. I could understand an entire course, but fail because I can't find the time for homework, because I care about my health more than care about my GPA.

 

 

 


Sources:

CDC Schools start too early- https://www.cdc.gov/features/school-start-times/index.html

 

2007 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey data of U.S. (includes abbreviations)- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743511002878


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying start times of middle and high schools to combat teen sleep deprivation  -https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Let-Them-Sleep-AAP-Recommends-Delaying-Start-Times-of-Middle-and-High-Schools-to-Combat-Teen-Sleep-Deprivation.aspx


School Start Times, Sleep, Behavioral, Health, and Academic Outcomes: A Review of the Literature- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/josh.12388


25 minute delay with increased sleep, and overall happiness-  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24336089

 

Should homework be banned?- https://college-homework-help.org/blog/homework-should-be-banned

 

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