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The Views on Start Times

Olivia Giddings

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Some may dread early school mornings, however this may change due to student and facility insight about the controversial school times.

As of right now, Franklin High School’s first-period class begins at 7:35 a.m. Due to various complaints from students and others members of the faculty, people believe that an earlier start time would be beneficial.

Freshman, Elise Ravech believes that students will be more rested and not fall asleep as often in class. Ravech, as well as many other students, feel like they are struggling to stay awake. 

Ravech further takes the negatives into account. Parents have to work and would be unable to provide a ride for their children. Also, some children can’t afford the bus and live far away.

Mrs Hafele, an Algebra and Geometry teacher at FHS, gives her perception on the matter. She believes that the only positive of this situation would be her ability to take her daughter to school in the morning. Mrs. Hafele knows that there has been a lot of research done about teenagers sleep habits, and teens learn best not so early in the morning.

In Mrs Hafele’s case the negatives trump the positives one hundred percent. Although it wouldn’t impact her morning, she would be unable to do evening activities with her daughter, such as picking her up at school. If school starts later, everyone would get out later too.

This issue is present at a variety of other schools and is an ongoing controversy. Some believe it’s beneficial and others think it’s negative.

To sum up, it’s scientifically proven that teens learn best when times are later, but other factors should be taken into perspective.  

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