Parents urge Seattle to start school later

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 8:00 AM

Poll:
Some Seattle parents want school to start later so kids get a good night's sleep. What do you think?

Seattle Public Schools officials say they will survey parents this fall to determine whether to adjust school start times for the 2014-2015 school year. It comes as one group of parents is urging the district to start high school and middle school one hour later.

The group Start School Later says starting classes at 9 or 9:30 a.m. would help students stay awake, improve memory consolidation and reduce absenteeism and tardies.

"We know it’s a complicated issue," said Cindy Jatul a teacher at Roosevelt High School and a parent. "At this point, we are saying ‘let’s get going.’ We have medical people on board we have sleep experts and scientists backing us up.”

School district officials say the issue is complex because later school start times would have an impact on afterschool activity schedules and bus transportation.

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