In a statement that would make high school me EXTREMELY happy, Norwalk school systems are considering pushing back the start times for their middle and high schools.
Sleep experts and health organizations, including the CDC, recommend starting school at 8:30 a.m. or later because most adolescents sleep best between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The CDC recommends high school students get nine to 10 hours of sleep on school nights; however, the organization found in 2017 that 75 percent of high school students got fewer than eight hours of sleep a night during the school week.
Starting Norwalk schools later would require planning new bus schedules and alerting families so they can arrange their childcare schedules.
Norwalk’s Board of Ed members voted unanimously to form a committee dedicated to pushing back start times for the 2017-18 school year, but the superintendent’s time was consumed by other tasks.
There’s no official time for when schools would begin if this was put into place, but with other schools in the region that have done this starting at 8:30, that would certainly look like the best option.