By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Fairfax, VA schools set a goal of starting the high school day no earlier than 8:00 am, joining a Florida pediatrician and district superintendents in Louisiana and Massachusetts in promoting student sleep and health.READ MORE: Philadelphia Mother Pleading To Find Driver Who Struck Son In Hit-And-Run, 'Guardian Angel' Who Found Him
Waking before sunrise means students must go to bed at 8:30pm to get nine hours recommended sleep for growing brains and bodies. Some kids meet buses at 5am – in the dark, often without sidewalks and road shoulders – clearly unsafe.READ MORE: Philadelphia's Evil Genius Beer Company Giving Out Free Beers To Those Getting Vaccinated In May
Brookings Institution economists have shown that early start times have reduced academic performance and estimated increased student achievement and a corresponding increase in life earnings of approximately $17,500 with a change.MORE NEWS: Friday Night In New Jersey Looks Like Something Out Of 2019 As Restrictions Eased
While communities in Wilton, CN and Minneapolis have later starts with positive impact on sports and jobs, Terra Ziporyn Snider, author of a commentary article in the May 16th Education Week, believes that such a change for all high school students may take federal, state and local laws to set reasonable parameters for health and safety.