How Two Local Schools Handle Later Start Times

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/28 2014 07:12AM

Updated 08/28 2014 07:15AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests high schools and middle schools should start their day at 8:30 am at the earliest.

The move would ideally help students get more sleep and be more attentive in class.

The average start time for schools across the nation is 8:00 am.

That's the start time for Springfield R-12 as well.

Justin Herrell, Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education witih R-12 schools says moving the start times of some schools later would just create too many issues like re-working bus schedules.  "In some situations we have older siblings taking care of younger siblings there are issues with the affect of activities and athletics and those issues of after school programs."

Patrick Misterovich with The Summit Prep school in Springfield talked with KOLR10 News about how a later start time is working for his students.

Summit Prep doesn't have those same barriers of having to plan for an entire school district.

It's one of about 15 percent of schools nationwide that start classes after 8:30 in the morning.

Watch the attached video to see our discussion with Patrick.

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