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Study suggest school should start later
CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) -- With thousands of local children back at school this week a new study suggests most children start school too early. It's a matter of health and concentration.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says school should start for middle and high school students no earlier than 8:30am.
Cincinnati Public Schools has two start times, 7:45 and 9:00. It has to do with double routing buses and it saves money. Aside from that, the superintendent says making an early change would be complicated.
Mary Ronan says she's sympathetic to the study but "the logistics of older siblings that need to come home to watch younger children impacts two parent families". She also says sometimes the older students have jobs.
Another mom with children the age of the study group says it's worth the complication to make the change. Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner, says "with puberty there are hormonal shifts and they naturally wake up more easily around eight or nine". She says it's not just a matter of young adults getting enough sleep. She also points out studies show the best time to take a test is at 10:00am.
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