Katy ISD Later start times

Katy ISD Later start times

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Kristian Konstantinidis started this petition to Students and

As a student who currently goes to seven lakes high school, I have realized that a start time of 7:25 too early as us teens need more sleep and need our bodies to grow. Studies show that adolescents do not get enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, we need between 9 and 9 ½ hours (studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9 ¼ hours of sleep). Teenagers like me do not get enough sleep for a number of reasons, one of which is early school starting times. In most school districts, the move to high school is accompanied by an earlier school start time. Some high schools start as early as 7:30 AM (Ours is even earlier), meaning that some teenagers have to get up as early as 5:30 AM to get ready for and travel to school. However, after puberty, there is a biological shift in an adolescent’s internal clock of about 2 hours, meaning that a teenager who used to fall asleep at 9:00 PM will now not be able to fall asleep until 11:00PM. It also means waking 2 hours later in the morning. Adding it up, If the normal sleep time of a teenager is 11pm, and we need a little over 9 hours, school should start around 8:30 to 9. This would give us enough time to wake up in the morning, full of sleep and energy to excell and recieve great grades! If you think that high school should start later sign the petition! Thank you and i hope soon we’ll be able to recieve enough sleep!

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