Olentangy Local Schools Starting at 9am

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Sleep-deprived teenagers, those with less than the recommended amount, are significantly more likely to use drugs and alcohol. Also, sleep deprived teenagers are 52 percent more likely to develop mental health problems or symptoms like depression and anxiety. Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death in teenagers and teenagers who are sleep deprived are more likely to be in a car crash than those who get the recommended amount. On average, high school students begin their school day at around 7:00 am to 8:00 am although the average teenager needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep and the hormone melatonin does not kick in until around 11:00pm. This makes teenagers who start school this early in the morning more likely to use drugs and alcohol, be depressed, and be in car accidents. Signing this petition will be one step closer to a safer community. 

 



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