1. Students need more sleep. Most adolescents require 8-10 hours of sleep a night, while the average school day starts at around 8am.
2. Students with later start times perform better academically. Studies have found that delaying school start times can result in improved test scores, better grades, and increased attendance.
3. Students are more alert and attentive when they have had more sleep.
4. Students’ physical and mental health can be improved with more sleep.
5. Starting school later allows students to get more sleep, which can help them stay healthier and avoid illnesses.
6. Starting school later can reduce the number of traffic accidents involving teenagers.
7. It can reduce the number of teens who engage in risky behaviors such as drinking, using drugs, and engaging in risky sexual activities.
8. Starting school later can help reduce teenage depression and anxiety.
9. It can help reduce the number of teens who drop out of school.
10. Starting school later can help reduce the number of teens who experience academic failure.