Delaware Has the 2nd Earliest Start Time for Middle School in the United States
A recent study conducted by AAA State of Play showed the start times for elementary, middle, and high school for schools across the United States. Who ever made the rule that school starts earlier than the average 9am work day? Many students, as well as teachers and working parents, will say that school comes with not so ideal start times. According to State of Play, the average school start time has always been early and has always been prior to the average start time for work. The United States average school start time is 8:03am.
Delaware ranks 2nd earliest start time for middle school, out of the entire United States. The start time for Delaware middle school is 7:40am, which is 3 minutes past the first earliest star time in America at 7:37am. This average start time for Delaware middle schools is even earlier than high school.
Furthermore, the National Sleep Foundation found that “59% of middle schoolers get less than the recommended amount of sleep daily on school nights.” One of the biggest reasons for having school start at the time it does is because of working parents’ scheduling conflicts.
Should Delaware change their start times? Might be hard to do so…