Delay? No Way!

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All students want to start school later in the day, right? It seems like a dream come true to get a longer beauty sleep and be well rested. And even the CDC recommends a start time of 8:30 or later.

But starting later creates many conflicts for both parents and students in our already hectic lives, plus it is not entirely the school’s starting time that makes us groggy in the morning.

If morning traffic is any indication, many Pres girls are driven to school by their parents, who usually drop of their Pres girl before heading off to a work day that usually starts around 8:30 to 9:00. Thus, a later start would make it difficult for parents to get to work on time, adding avoidable stress to their day.

For parents who would be unable to adjust their work schedule, a later start time might cause them to drop their children off at the same time they would on a normal 7:45 day. This means we would have to wait at school even longer for school to start.

Many argue that an 8:45 start would help Pres avoid the traffic of Willow Glen High/St. Chris, but so would showing up just 10 minutes earlier. Students could even be dropped off a few blocks from school and walk. There are many other alternatives to avoiding traffic that are much better than pushing school back an entire hour.

In addition, we are heavily involved in extracurriculars that take up lots of time, so starting later would cause those activities to also be pushed back. If we already finish our homework and studying around 10:30 p.m., imagine how much later we would finish if school started later. Plus, other schools wouldn’t be on the same schedule, which would throw things even more out of whack.

“It would be hard because morning practice (for club swim at Pres) has to include other schools so we would still practice early and then we would have to stay longer until school starts,” says junior Abby Harris, a swimmer. “Also, getting out later would mean later practice (for Pres’s swim team) which means getting home later, leaving a lot less time for homework and dinner with family.”

In addition, away games with other schools on an early schedule would put the academics of Pres’ athletes at risk. Pres athletes already have to leave during school for games, so starting later means they would become more behind in classes because they would have to leave earlier in the school day.

And let’s admit it–the crown jewel of attending Pres, besides the lovely education, is being able to go home at 12:30 on B days. Yes, you can go ask teachers for help, but many of us tend to go home to unwind and do homework. Are we really willing to say goodbye to 12:30 days?

Many students in favor of a later start argue that they’re up late because of the enormous homework load at Pres. Though teachers do give lots of homework, we cannot blame them entirely for our lack of sleep. A major reason why we are sleepy and finishing homework late is our lack of self control because we spend hours sending Snapchats, liking Instagram posts, and binge-watching our favorite show on Netflix. In fact, Business Insider says, “The average Netflix subscriber streams movies and programs for two hours a day.”

Ultimately, starting at 7:45 a.m. is the perfect time to start school because it fits perfectly into our busy lives. Before you groan about how exhausted you are and how you wish school started later, imagine the conflicts that would occur if it did and how you are contributing to your exhaustion.

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