RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Richmond high schoolers may get the chance to set their alarm clocks a little bit later as officials look into changing what hours they go to class.
Richmond Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden says a later start time could not only help student performance but also save the schools money on transportation.
Parent Kirsten Gray has been asking board members to consider changing high school start times from 7:25 a.m. to at least 8 a.m.
Monday night, Superintendent Bedden mentioned the idea to the school board. Board members say they have discussed it in the past and it usually involves swapping high school schedules with elementary schools which start at 8:55 a.m.
Gray says she loves that idea.
"Young children naturally go to bed early," she says. "You can get them to bed early, and you can get them up early. If they're not getting to bed before 11 and their bus is picking them up at 6:30, then they're not getting the 8-9 hours of sleep they need.
Two years ago, Henrico County started putting their high schoolers on a 9 a.m. schedule, citing research that students performed better with a later start.
"For high school students, we found at the time, starting a little bit later benefits them by providing additional sleep," says Andy Jenks, Henrico's Director of Communications and Public Relations.
For now, Henrico has no plans of switching schedules back anytime soon.
"I certainly have a lot of friends and relatives in Henrico County and no one has ever complained to me about having the reverse schedule of us," Gray says. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond Related Stories: Inside Richmond’s Crumbling Schools