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Cincinnati Public Schools consider later start time for high schools

Cincinnati Public Schools consider later start time for high schools (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Some high school students may get the chance to sleep later in the morning.

Cincinnati Public School officials are looking at an option that would have classes starting later in the morning.

Many teens love their sleep and for many parents dragging them out of bed and sending them off to school is one tough job.

Cincinnati Public School officials are now looking at starting their day later, allowing high school students to sleep in.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Sleep Expert Dr. Dean Beebe endorses a later start time and he says there's a list of benefits.

SCPA parent Pam Palmarini is also supportive of Cincinnati Public High Schools starting later.

But public school officials say there are drawbacks to the plan. Altering the school schedule could not be done without changes to Metro's bus schedule. A March 2017 memo from Metro to CPS noted it would cost tens of millions of dollars to afford additional buses to transport students at a later time.

The total cost ends up being between $25 million and $50 million.

Dr. Beebe says many high schools across the country already start school at 8:30 a.m. or later.

Contrary to what many think, the late start time doesn't mean teens stay later and they do get more rest.

Cincinnati Public Schools will hold a community meeting to discuss later start times Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Mayerson Academy.

CPS students are also being surveyed. You can learn more about the survey here.

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