The move comes after several months of discussion about the impact of later start times on student performance. The move by the district is supported by research from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). District officials believe the later start times will be beneficial for students overall performance.

Students in Eldon will start classes in the morning later than the rest of their peers next fall. The Eldon Board of Education has approved a plan to implement later start times for students.

The move comes after several months of discussion about the impact of later start times on student performance. The move by the district is supported by research from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). District officials believe the later start times will be beneficial for students overall performance.

"We know that change is difficult but we believe the benefit of the later start will have a positive impact on our students.  We are excited to try this proven research in our district,” Eldon Superintendent Matt Davis said. 

AAP recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. Sleep experts have determined a shift in sleep cycles (circadian rhythms) beginning in adolescence that makes it more difficult for most adolescents to fall asleep as early as younger children or older adults. Typical sleep cycles begin around 11 p.m. for teenagers and continue through 8 a.m..

Academic improvements have been shown, and overall school climate has been measurably improved when schools have restored later start times. Teachers have commented extensively about the improvement in the classroom environment when students are more alert, less moody, and less likely to sleep in class, according to the AAP research cited by the district. 

The change will impact an estimated 2,000 students currently enrolled in the district.

Effects of sleep deprivation can include weight gain, eating disorders, increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes; reduced immunity; depression; anxiety; substance abuse; mood swings; behavior problems; suicidal ideation; and potential impacts on brain development.

Here’s what the change means:

Eldon School hours for 2018-2019:

Morning drop off will be available at 7:00 am to 8:00 am in all buildings.

All Buildings: Doors open at 8:00 am – Currently doors open at 7:20 am

ElementarySchools: 8:30 am – 3:25 pm – Current hours are 8:00 am -3:10 pm

Middle School: 8:20 am – 3:07 pm – Current hours are 7:50 am -2:45 pm

HighSchool: 8:30 am – 3:15 pm – Current hours are 7:55 am- 2:55 pm