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: Mother Of 18-Year-Old Yahsinn Robinson, Killed Near Willingboro Home, Speaks Out Following Arrests Of 2 Men In Connection To Murder
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 Citywide Coalition Project Putting Boots On Ground To Help Battle Rising Gun Violence Among City's Young
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: Philadelphia Police: Mantua Shooting Leaves 18-Year-Old Man Hospitalized
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.