Cons of starting school later in the day

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Cons of starting school later in the day
Schools starting late can be a disadvantage. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

The debate for whether schools should delay their start time by 30 to 45 minutes is an ongoing one with school policymakers and administrators. A late start would allow students---especially teenagers who normally sleep later---to get more sleep and wake up refreshed. The idea of a later start to the school day has its share of critics as well.

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Is Sleep the Solution?

While it is true that a late start will give teens those precious extra minutes to get their rest, it is also reasonable to assume that a delayed start to a school day will not solve this problem of sleepiness and lethargy in the morning. The habit of staying up late needs to be curtailed for improving self-discipline: an early start gives a student a fresh beginning to the working day.

Transportation Problems

A late start to the school day may pose problems for parents who drop children off at school. If a school starts after the start of a typical working day, parents may be at a loss on how to organise pickup and drop-off.

After-school activities

Starting school later in the day means cutting short afternoon extra-curricular activities, since lessons will be delayed and end later in the day. Students who work part-time or have after-school jobs also face problems adjusting to shifting schedules. Older siblings will find it difficult to pick up and take care of younger ones.

Social Life Affected

A student's home and social life is adversely affected if she spends the better part of the afternoon in school. It becomes difficult to do chores at home, since homework needs to be done. Coming home late will mean greater fatigue, especially in the summer months. There is less time to study, and meeting up for group work or even socialising becomes difficult. Schedules for community events, swimming pools and athletic gyms may have to adjust as well.

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