Cherry Creek School District approves new start times for students

AURORA, Colo. – Some Cherry Creek Schools students will have to go to bed a little earlier next school year, but some others get to sleep in.

The school board made the unanimous decision to change start times for the 2017-2018 school year.

Beginning next year, elementary school start times would be pushed back from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m.; middle school would be moved later, from 7:50 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. and high school students would start later, with times moved from 7:10 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.

The school board says the plan is backed by science. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pushed for later bell times.

District research shows high school and middle school students aren't getting nearly enough sleep to do a good job in the classroom and younger students can go to bed earlier, which means they can get up earlier.

The board said the time change will take some reshuffling an rescheduling for families, but when it comes to the 54,000 students in the district, they have to do what's best for everyone.


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