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Later Start Times For Ann Arbor High Schools In The Works

Dec 7, 2016

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Ann Arbor Public Schools is again considering changing the start time for its high schools.  


The start time could change from 7:45 AM to 8:30AM.  Surveys have been sent out to parents to get feedback before the Board of Education's performance committee discusses the issue on December 21st.  

School board secretary Andy Thomas says the survey features open-ended questions instead of multiple choice to get better responses.

"What are your concerns about later high school start times?  What would you appreciate about later high school start times?  And what other thoughts and questions would you like to share about later high school start times?

The district is considering the change after the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that high school students are not getting enough sleep because they go to bed late and wake up too early.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu