Another local high school pushing back start times for students

Hampton School District pushing back start times for 2020-21 school year

HAMPTON, Pa. — For most people, including high school students, extra sleep is hardly unwelcome. But for students in another local district it comes with a catch: school might be starting an hour later, but that means they’ll get out later in the afternoon, too.

“I think starting later will help with sleep but then in the evenings, it’s just cutting time to study and do homework,” Maddie Dittrich said.

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Peters Township schools pushed back their start times through adding additional buses and changing the time by only 15 minutes last year. Washington High School students are getting extra sleep after the district pushed the start time back by 30 minutes.

The Hampton School Board voted to change their start times drastically. Instead of starting at 7:30 a.m., they will begin 50 minutes later. However, they will end school 40 minutes later too.

According to the school district, research shows a later start time will help reduce student fatigue and stress, in addition to helping students concentrate and get on better sleep schedules.

Those new start times will go into effect in the 2021-22 school year.

The only effect middle schoolers will experience with this is slightly earlier bus pick-up times. As for elementary schools, they will start and end around 15 minutes later.

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