Later start times will help student-athletes

To the editor:

I am a ninth grade student at Mount Greylock Regional. I was recently reading your article on later school start times by Jim Therrien. I 100 percent agree with the article.

As a student and athlete I get home from practice at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on a meet day. A later start to the day would greatly benefit myself and many others. Getting homework done before 11 is rare most nights. This means getting only getting around 6-7 hours of sleep. The recommended time for a teen is 8-10 hours per night, which is key for proper growth and development.

Walking into first period class at 7:40 a.m. I am usually groggy and not ready to learn. It's hard to not think about anything but going back to sleep. I have a much harder time focusing and contributing to the learning environment when I have not gotten adequate sleep.

Regarding practices for sports. I feel that athletes would be more focused and alert in practices and contests with extra sleep. Overall, a later start to school would help students become both better students and athletes.

I am so happy that this issue is finally being brought up. I hope to see a resolution of the problem in the future.

Margo Smith Williamstown