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STUDY: Moving School Start Times Has Many Benefits

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A new study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota suggests starting school later could have many benefits for both children and schools. 

Researchers studied over 9,000 students in eight public schools over the course of three years. They found that schools which start AFTER 8:30 in the morning allowed for more than 60% of students to get at least 8 hours of sleep on school nights. Teens who didn't get more than 8 hours of sleep were more likely to have higher depression symptoms, more caffeine use and could be more prone to substance use.

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For students who started school later, academic performance in testing, attendance rates and reduced tardiness. The study also says it could keep your child safer. The number of car crashes for teen drivers between the ages of 16-18 was reduced by 70% when start times were moved from 7:35am to 8:55 am. 


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