While they are glad to see their teens get sufficient sleep time, parents have concerns about later school start times. Most of those concerns have to do with the impact on after school activities and morning logistics.
A later school start time is supported by approximately half of all American parents. 22 percent of parents thought that later start times would curtail after school activities. 14 percent expressed concern about teen’s ability to get to school at a later time. 27 percent of parents said they would support a later start time if it did not affect the school budget, and 24 percent said they would be supportive no matter how the budge was affected.
The study was conducted after the American Academy of Pediatrics found that teens are not getting enough sleep and need recommended that schools change their start times to after 8:30. Research has shown that later school start times are of benefit to teens mentally and physically.
“Teenagers are chronically sleep-deprived and that can negatively impact their health and well-being,” poll director Dr. Matthew Davis, a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the child health evaluation and research unit at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release.