CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Back to school also means back to bed, hopefully by about 9 or 10 for high school students at CMS, but that's probably wishful thinking even for the strictest parents.
Most high schools in the district get rolling at 7:15 a.m., which the American Academy of Pediatrics says has tons of teens dealing with sleep deprivation. At his final briefing on Monday after the first day of classes, CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison acknowledged the concerns over early start times.
"Adolescents probably are not best to start first because their biological clocks are not working well earlier in the morning," Morrison said. "So if we actually had them go next to last or last, their learning might be enhanced."
The consequences for insufficient sleep for teens are increased risk of obesity, stroke, diabetes, anxiety and depression just to name a few. The pediatric group says delaying start times to 8:30 a.m. or later is an effective way to fix the problem. A lot of middle schools at CMS already do start around 8 or 9.
"It's certainly something we are going to look at like a lot of other school districts," Morrison said.
As for the operations themselves on day one, Morrison says they went off without a hitch and hopes the rest of the year sails along just as smoothly.
"The resounding comments from community superintendents in our debrief with the executive team today, was that it was like school had never stopped," Morrison said.