Collierville middle, high schools change start times in 2019

Collierville middle, high schools change start times in 2019

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Big changes are coming to Collierville schools next year in the form of later start times.

The decision impacts middle and high school students.

Collierville School Districts' middle and high schoolers will get to roll out of bed a little later next school year.

At a school board meeting Thursday, Collierville Schools Board of Education voted to adopt later school times.

Beginning August 12, 2019, Collierville High School students will start 30 minutes later at 7:30 a.m. and Collierville Middle will start 15 minutes later at 8:15 a.m.

"The key aspect is to make sure that our children and adolescents get adequate sleep what they need so that they're able to function much more effectively in school,” said Dr. Sachin Raelia with the Sleep Center at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Dr. Raelia says later start times can have major benefits.

"Even as small of a difference as 30 minutes can improve tardiness rates in school and also sleepiness symptoms and feeling sluggish and tired during school work and may also impact school grades,” Dr. Raelia said.

The decision comes after a ‘School Start Times Committee’ was formed at the request of parents.

The change also includes adding seven more buses which adds an estimated cost of more than $400,000.

Parents took to social media with mixed reactions.

One parent simply wrote: “Yessss!” while another said: “A whole 15 minutes for the middle schools and 30 minutes for the HS...and at what cost? Very disappointed.”

Collierville elementary children will keep their start time of 9 a.m.

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