In a state where most high schools start before 8 AM, Nauset Regional High School school officials in 2012 did the unthinkable: They pushed their start time back to 8:35 AM. The Boston Globe reports on the results.
The results were instantaneous, administrators say. More students showed up to school refreshed. Tardiness fell by 35 percent, and the number of Ds and Fs dropped by half.
Now, several high schools across Massachusetts are exploring whether to follow suit. The push for later start times is emerging in such districts as Belmont, Boston, Masconomet, Mashpee, Newton, and Wayland. The state Legislature is considering a bill to study the issue statewide.