The Maret Administration is planning to go back to the start time of 8:10 am. Having school start at 9:00 am has been life-changing. In order to keep the Maret High School start time at 9:00 am, let’s come together, as a community, to show the Maret Administration that we care about our health and well-being. All it takes is a signature to indicate that this is not only a positive change, but an imperative one.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that high schools start at 8:30 am or later to give students the opportunity to get the amount of sleep they need.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teenagers ages 13 to 18 years should regularly sleep 8 to 10 hours per day for good health. Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to:
Perform poorly in school.
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.
In addition, students across the Maret community have expressed that this start time is also beneficial because there is not as much morning traffic, allowing students not only to sleep in later, but also to leave their houses later.
During the ages of 13 to 18 years old, adolescents become sleepy later at night, and need to sleep later in the morning as a result in shifts in biological rhythms. During the school week, school start times are the main reason students wake up when they do. The combination of late bedtimes and early school start times results in most adolescents not getting enough sleep.
Maret is known for assigning lots of homework, and with extracurricular activities, sports, student’s personal lives, and studying, most of the time, it is not feasible to go to sleep at a reasonable time to get the minimum of eight hours.
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