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Survey says parents support later start time

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Responding to a survey on school start times, 69 percent of 1,100 parents in School District 833 said high schools should start later in the day.

The answers were split as to when the day should start, either at 8 a.m. or at 8:30 a.m.

Before responding to the survey, there was a brief summary of research by the University of Minnesota indicating adolescents have natural sleep cycles, due to the chemical melatonin, which make them sleepy around 11 p.m. and wakeful at 8 a.m.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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