sleeping teen 141630739 Some Local Parents Want High Schoolers To Sleep In

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A petition drive is urging the Arlington Independent School District to push back the high school start time.

Some parent’s think the 7:35 a.m. start time is too early for their children. The adults will meet with Interim Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and school board member Jamie Sullins on Thursday.

Sullins said the issue centers around sleep patterns. “Teenagers sleep schedules are different than adult sleep schedules,” she said, but added, “There’s a lot of other considerations in a district the size of ours. A decision like this affects thousands of students and thousands of parents.”

A petition drive has been started and the signatures of parents wanting a change in school hours are being gathered. Since not all parents want the change the district plans to survey attitudes on the subject.

“Many families have shared that they like the existing schedule so that their teens have more time to work or supervise their younger siblings,” Sullins said.

The topic of class schedules isn’t new to the Arlington ISD. Sullins said it’s an issue the board had planned on looking at anyway.

“I believe that we can and should revisit class schedules as part of our discussion on improving instructional models, for a lot of good reasons.”

Objecting parents referred to several studies to back their request, including one completed in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control. Results of that study showed that nearly 70-percent of teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep and as a result increased their likelihood to partake in a variety of health-risk behaviors.

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