East End high school proposes later school start
There is a new plan to let some East End high school students sleep longer.
Southampton High School is proposing to bump the school day forward a half hour to help make it easier for kids to do better academically and physically.
Instead of students arriving for first period at 7:30 a.m., the proposal would move the buzzer to 8 a.m. instead.
"You look at the benefits of [sleep] and you see very strong relationships between academic achievement and increased positive social benefits," says Southampton High School Principal Dr. Brian Zahn.
The proposal has been made to the school board, but the school board has to get input from the community.
Teachers at Southampton High School say that kids do better on tests when they start the school day a half hour later.
"Their circadian rhythm is disrupted, so they naturally stay up later," says teacher Jennifer Keller. "That would mean that, naturally, they would want to wake up later but because they need to be in school at 7:30 a.m., it's a challenge."
If approved, the plan could be implemented as soon as September.
Currently, Zahn says that only Sag Harbor and Jericho schools are using the later morning start times.