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Let the teens sleep: Physicians recommend later high school start times in Okaloosa



Zombies02 Many Florida school districts have changed school start times to save money.

In one Panhandle district, two doctors are proposing a change to benefit students. They suggest that high school students should begin classes at the later time that elementary schools open rather than at the more traditional 7 a.m.

“What you’re doing is you’re waking these teens up and they get school and they really aren’t awake,” Dr. Lynn Keefe told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “During those first hours when these kids are walking around almost like zombies, they’re not only performing less than their potential, but what’s happening at the end of the week is sleep deprivation.”

She's expecting push-back to the idea but hopes for success. Good idea? Or is the doctor wasting her breath?

(Photo from Largo Public Library)


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:59am]


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