Washoe County School District changing school start times

Washoe County School District changing school start times

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Arieonna Bowers started this petition to Washoe County

Sleep deprivation has many negative effects. Ranging from an increase of cardiovascular related diseases, to an increase in impulsive behaviors, anxiety, depression, paranoia and suicidal thoughts. Students in the Washoe county school district are highly overworked, and extremely tired in their morning classes. Now the school board is debating and petitioning to push back school start times. Due to this question many problems and concerns have arose. One major question is how the change would effect sports. However if we were to start classes at 8 and get out at 3 (only a fifteen minute difference for Reed) there would be plenty of time for sports. There would even be an extra 10 minutes to add on to lunch. This small change could change Chronic absences and tardiness significantly. For example at Edward C Reed high school (a high school in the Washoe county district) the most often periods for students to be tardy to are first and fifth. Changing the start time to 3 would decrease the traffic caused by the middle school, and the majority of high schools are surrounded by elementary schools which means the bus schedule would get significantly changed either. The 8-3 schedule also leaves 10 minutes out from the normal schedule at Reed, this could go to the lunch period and it would decrease the tardiness to students fifth periods. #ChangeforWCSD

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