Start High School at a later time

Start High School at a later time

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Gage Quarles started this petition to Gretchen Fagan

High schoolers are scientifically proven to not only require more sleep than most individuals, but are on an entirely seperate biological clock. Studies have shown that our brains just cannot function to its fullest capacity so early in the mornings. Not only that, but we lose more energy this way as well.

I myself wake up at 6 in the morning every weekday, and I have to drag myself out of bed in order to do what I need to do each and every morning. By the time I find myself on my bus by 7:10, I am passed out sleeping for the next 30 minutes. 

Now you may say, "Just go to bed earlier. It isn't that hard.", and they would be right, however every day my peers and I are faced with mounds of homework from 8 seperate classes. Some days I have as much as 3 hours of homework, for just 3 of my 8 classes. 

Now there are severe health issues with a lack of proper sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, recommends that teens aged 13-18 should get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. If a teen were to not get the necessary sleep they need, they are more likely to be

  • Obese
  • Not engage in daily physical activity
  • Suffer from symptoms of depression
  • Engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs
  • and Perform poorly in school

There are so many factors against our schools starting early, and the worst of it ranges in High Schools. Sign this petition to start our High Schools after the recommended time of 8:30 AM. 

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