Reverse the APS Decision to Make High School Start at 7:45 AM

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Reverse the APS Decision to Make High School Start at 7:45 AM

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Matan Berg started this petition to Atlanta Public Schools

Reverse the APS Decision To Make High Schoolers Wake Up Before the Crack of Dawn!

According to the CDC, “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. One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later to give students the opportunity to get the amount of sleep they need, but most American adolescents start school too early.”

We have followed the CDC’s science carefully for the past year of Covid-19. There is no reason to stop now. Possible solutions include switching the order that the different levels of schooling start (to Elementary, Middle, then High), pushing back all school start times an hour, or both. One thing’s for sure, the athletes, teachers, parents, bus drivers, and students would all appreciate some extra sleep, not less. 

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