PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – In the past two years, schools in states including Oklahoma, Georgia and California have pushed back the start of their school bells resulting in improvement in their students. The change was already made by districts in Connecticut, Kentucky and Minnesota.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota studied the effects on eight high schools in three states before and after they switched their start time. The study sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, concluded that the students were overall better off with a later start time.
The important areas included mental health, sleep health, car crash rates, attendance and grades on testing.