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February 29, 2024 11:08 am

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Nevada Board of Education Considers Later Start Time For Sleepy High Schoolers

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Anzhe Zhang

It’s never made a lot of sense to push high school students, a group that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says needs an average of eight to 10 hours of sleep daily, to wake up at daybreak and arrive for school.

For many high schools in Nevada, class time starts at 7 a.m., an astoundingly early time for teenagers, a group notorious for staying up late, sending out text messages, and overall being embroiled in their emotional dramas, to start their weekday.

Now the state Board of Education is considering starting school later for high school students, as some school families across the valley have received surveys for their opinions on the matter.

The discussion over potentially changing school starting times comes after districts, such as Clark County, saw major changes to when school started due to purported bus driver shortages.

In one nightmare scenario, Mojave High School students had to get to school by 7 a.m., instead of the previous 9 a.m.