Starting for the 2016-2017 school year, Durham high schools will start at 9am. This year most Durham high schools start at 7:30. Why isn’t every district in the state doing this? My wife taught high school in Charlotte, NC for a couple of years and can attest (as can just about any teenager) that starting class before the sun comes up is miserable for everyone. (Interestingly, there is a whole organization devoted to promoting later start times for schools.)
Our kids are eight months and two years old, so we have a while before we have to worry about choosing schools here in Durham, but it’s good to know that, assuming Durham Public Schools keeps this change in place, if they go to DPS high schools we won’t have to drag them out of bed before dawn just to get them out the door. All the research points to this being beneficial in many respects, so it will be interesting to see how this affects student achievement, student discipline, and other metrics down the road. You can read more about the school board’s vote and plans for next year’s bell schedule in yesterday’s Observer article.
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