It’s just too early…


Hawk Eye

BPHS students enter the school building at 7 a.m. on August 23, 2017.

Lauren Mullen, Social Media Editor

The school days are just too early for young teens. For the teenagers in BPHS, their day begins at 7:27 a.m. They have to be seated in homeroom anytime time before 7:27 or they will be marked tardy.

For the younger kids in elementary school, their days start at 9:20 a.m.

The arrival times for high school students and elementary school students should be reversed. High school students have a lot to do in their evening hours and most of the time cut out sleeping hours.

Elementary school students evenings are not as busy, and they never lose sleep due to bedtime.

According to Nationwide Children Hospital, the average amount of sleep each teenager should receive is 9 1/4 hours. However, the average teen only receives 7 to 7 1/2 hours of sleep each night.

Children ages 6-12 require nine hours of sleep every night.

Young children go to bed between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., so, after nine or so hours of sleep, they wake up anywhere between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. In contrast, teenagers go to bed later and wake up earlier.

High school students are very busy after school with all different kinds of extra-curricular activities.

Most students have homework to do when they get home, which can sometimes take all night.

For some, they have to fit in practice and workouts, while others fit in club meetings or musical practice.

Many students have part-time jobs and have to go to work after school as well.

So, from 2:28 p.m to 9 p.m, students’ schedules are jam-packed.

On the other hand, young children have less busy schedules and a less gruesome amount of homework. Not to mention, they don’t have a job to worry about either.

At the end of the day, teenagers go to bed a whole lot later and wake up way too early.

Elementary school kids go to bed earlier in the night and wake up later in the morning. In addition to the sleep, most kids wake up near 7 a.m anyway, and most parents have to leave for work around 7 a.m so they have to put their kid in daycare. If school started at 7 a.m for the younger kids, they wouldn’t have to go to daycare or any sort of babysitter before school starts.

Many teenagers do not receive the amount of sleep necessary for top-level performance, so flipping the start times would solve a lot of problems for both parties affected.

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