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DC Everest administration explores later start for middle and high school

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DC Everest Senior High School in the Everest School District. Image taken 7/1/2011.
DC Everest Senior High School in the Everest School District. Image taken 7/1/2011.

WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- DC Everest school officials are exploring whether a later start for middle school and high school students would be beneficial.

Superintendent Kris Gilmore says there's research that shows kids can perform better with a later start to the school day. "Increase in performances on tests in their core subjects: math, english, science and social studies. Improvement on tardiness, and even an improvement in the number of car crashes for kids between 16 and 18 years of age."

The difference comes because of puberty, and Gilmore says the rest of the body's changes can also throw off a student's sleep. "Their internal clocks allow them to stay up later, but have a more difficult time getting out of bed. But it's not so much about laziness, it's really a sleep cycle issue."

Any changes that may come out of these discussions are very preliminary. "we're just talking about if this is something we should be studying, and if so, we're talking not even next school year but possibly the following, if it's something that we find would be valuable for our kids." Gilmore says the school district would need to reevaluate their entire schedule to make changes, including after school events and bussing.

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