At a recent Stonington Board of Education meeting, one of the board members brought up a point about changing the start times of the schools. I think that starting the high school later is a very good choice, but there are a lot of pros and cons.
Studies have shown that high school kids tend to get a better education when they start the school day later, and the elementary school kids get a better education when they start earlier. If there was a switch in times, the elementary school kids will have more time after school at home without a parent because most parents work and don’t get home until after 5, and hiring a babysitter every day can be expensive. If you start the high school day later, it would interfere with sports and other after-school activities. As an example, when sports practices would get over, the kids might not get home until after 6 p.m., which is usually around dinner for most families. If Stonington is the only town in the area that changes their school times, then the schools in other towns would have to wait until our schools get out before they can play a sports game.
These are some of the bigger pros and cons of switching the start times of the schools. I think that more debate is needed and that the decision should be based on the greater need of the students’ education.
The writer is a student at Stonington High School.