KOOL Question of the Day


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The Seattle school board voted Wednesday evening to delay most of its school start times past 8:30 a.m. in order to let students sleep later. The vote makes Seattle one of the largest school districts in the country to delay school starting times based on research showing that it could benefit teens' learning and health. 

Most of the district's middle schools and some K-8 schools will also start at 8:45, while the remaining schools will either start at 7:55 a.m. or 9:35 a.m., according to The Seattle Times. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school days begin after 8:30 a.m. to encourage teens to get between eight and a half and nine and a half hours of sleep a night. Few teens currently sleep that amount. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fewer than a third of high school students sleep eight hours a night. 

Seattle's vote makes it part of a minority of districts that are heeding the AAP's recommendations. Nationwide, the average school start time for middle and high schools is currently 8:03 a.m., according to July data from the CDC.



The "KOOL Question of the Day" is:

"Should school start later?"