Decatur High Mentioned in New York Times For Later Start TimeDecatur Metro | March 13, 2014 | 4:59 pm
Robin points out this article on the “front page” of the New York Times website about high schools adopting later start times to accommodate “the adolescent body clock”, which includes this blurb…
The sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later has recently gained momentum in communities like this one, as hundreds of schools in dozens of districts across the country have bowed to the accumulating research on the adolescent body clock.
In just the last two years, high schools in Long Beach, Calif.; Stillwater, Okla.; Decatur, Ga.;, and Glens Falls, N.Y., have pushed back their first bells, joining early adopters in Connecticut, North Carolina, Kentucky and Minnesota. The Seattle school board will vote this month on whether to pursue the issue. The superintendent of Montgomery County, Md., supports the shift, and the school board for Fairfax County, Va., is working with consultants to develop options for starts after 8 a.m.
Before the school system increased the school day by 30 minutes to make up for recent snow/ice days, DHS was starting at 8:30a. Until May, DHS starts at 8:15a.