Letter: Early start times bad for students

Early start times bad for students

To the editor:

I am a freshman high school student at Mount Greylock Regional High School. I am writing concerning the recent Eagle article discussing a later start for high schools.

There is not a single teenager who is not sleep deprived at one point in their high school career. There are studies that show that sleep deprivation can affect the growth of the brain at this age. Teenagers who have not had enough sleep are also not as productive in school.

I have a half-hour commute to school in the morning, which means that I get up at 5:30 in the morning. By the end of the week I'm exhausted and am barely keeping up.

An early start time for schools might create problems but I believe it will solve more than it will cause. Please consider how much good this would do for the mental and physical health of all high school students.

Anna Butcher Stamford, Vt.


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