Four Regina high schools to start later next year – Read it on Global News: Global Regina | Four Regina high schools to start later next year The article says:
- Classes for students in the 4 Regina Catholic high schools will start at 9:00 am instead of 8:30 am.
- Lunch hour will be 15 minutes shorter.
- Afternoon dismissal will be at 3:15 until 3:05.
- Studies suggest that students learn better later in the day and when they get more sleep.
Reading all of these articles and especially the Regina article made me think of some questions:
- The city buses that provide transit to the high schools go to both the Public and Catholic schools. If the public schools still start at 8:30, will the students at Regina Catholic end up arriving for 8:30 any ways or will a new bus schedule be implemented – one for Public and one for Catholic?
- What happens to lunch time classes like choir or dance (they are credit courses)? It seems they will be shortened but that other classes will remain the same in terms of time allotted for them. Having taking choir in high school, we had limited rehearsal time as it was – I shorter class time here will take away from the quality of the program being offered.
I understand the need for quality of sleep and that it is easier to learn later in the day, but I don’t think having schools start at 9:00 as opposed to 8:30 will have the desired effect. I think schools should for example start at 10 and end at 4:30 – as this may be more beneficial to the students.
Do you have any thoughts? Can you see any benefits to school starting at 9:00 am?