GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Plans to change the start and end times for school in Grand Prairie were tabled indefinitely by the superintendent and school board.

The district said no timeline or plans to re-visit the issue in future meetings was set either.

The reversal comes amid much consternation from parents.

CBS 11 News spoke to many parents on both sides of this debate.

“The time change, yeah I guess it changes things a little because then you have to adjust drop off and pick up times,” said parent Mike Mills.

The school district studied 40 similar districts and found that high school students achieve more with more sleep. But a lot of parents believe it’s an unnecessary inconvenience.

“It’s just a huge change and a big inconvenience for everybody including the students,” said parent Paulina Flores.

School hours remain the same for 2019-2020.


Grand Prairie ISD Considering Plan To Give High School Students More Sleep

  1. The one-side coverage of the proposed bell change was so frustrating. Numerous national health groups including the CDC, AMA, AAP, have recommended high schoolers start the day at 8:30 am or later to address the adolescent sleep crisis in this country Sleep deprivation is associated with high risk behavior including drug use, suicide ideation, depression and violence. Teens need about 9 hours of sleep and experience a delayed sleep cycle at puberty. Concerns with community babysitting, part-time jobs, and extra-curriculars are red herrings that work themselves out when a district is committed to making the necessary changes to return to healthy school hours. For more information see

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