Keep school arrival time the same
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Pearland ISD is trying to switch the high school schedule (7:15-2:25) with the middle school/ junior high schedule (8:00-3:45). This will cause the younger students to arrive at school, and at home, an hour earlier than their older siblings who care for them while their parents are at work. The younger students who rely on their older siblings for after school transportation will also need to find an alternative ride. Also, the later dismissal time for the high school students will greatly interfere with extracurricular activities, homework, and work schedules.
It is proven that elementary age children need more sleep than kids in high school so it is important that the younger kids needs are kept in mind. Most parents of children within the district don't get out of work until 5:00. Aftercare is already so expensive and having the younger kids get out earlier will only bring on extra expenses onto the parents.
Extracurricular activities would have to be done before school due to UIL rules on practice times which would delete the purpose for athletes who put in long hours after school. Athletes would have to be up earlier to be at school at 6 for practice.
AP students face hours of homework a night to be able to pass their quizzes, test, and ap exams at the end of the year. The Afternoon test will get out later than they already do.
Everything that Pearland ISD is trying to do will just conflict with the busy schedules put upon high school students. I believe, along with most of my peers, that a time change will only bring on extra stress. Please consider the busy schedules and stress that high school students are brought into.
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