District introduces new start times

Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Juneau School District's new start times continue to receive mixed reviews from students.

The district moved start times in lower grades to 8 a.m. from 9:15 to allow older students to start classes later in accordance with natural teen sleep patterns, the district said.

High schoolers start at 9:15 this year instead of 8 a.m.. It means they will end school at 3:45 p.m. instead of 2, and for some athletes who have after-school practice, it means a late finish to their day.

"It's bogus," said Juneau-Douglas High School senior Clifford Kugelmann, who plays hockey. "There's no time to get ready for sports."

Others said they weren't affected by the change.

"I don't care either way," JDHS senior Lydia Mills said. "Sleep is not a big issue for me."

Mills did say she could get a ride to school with her mother because of the new start time, and that is better than the bus.

Elementary school children will finish school earlier than before, but parent Marna Schwartz said it will provide an opportunity for extracurricular activities such as a chance to learn Spanish.

"It's nice, they go to school when they're fresh and get started. As their attention weans they're doing other things," Schwartz said.

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