Go ahead, hit the snooze.

Last month, the Seattle School Board voted 6-1 to push back start times in the city’s public grade schools. Most K-8, middle and high schools will start at 8:45 am beginning in the 2016 school year.

These changes came after much advocating by parents, teachers and sleep scientists to adjust school start times to teenagers’ biological clocks. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high school start times be no earlier than 8:30 am for the sake of teenagers’ sleep cycles and overall health. According to The Seattle Times, Seattle Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the U.S. that will have start times later than 8:30 a.m.

McGilvra Elementary School in Madison Park will move its start time from 9:30 to 7:55am. The school day will end at 2:05 rather than 3:40pm. As part of the School Board’s vote, a Transportation Service Standard will be enacted to adjust transportation logistics accordingly.

Read the entire School Board briefing here.


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