Students and teachers pleased after Bakersfield school pushes back start time

Study shows later start has academic benefits

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has spoken out in favor of later school start times. A change that Bakersfield Christian High School has already embraced. Instead of class starting at 8AM, students now start school at 8:30AM.
 
"The kids just seem more awake, they are more alert. It has kind of diminished tardies," said Cerrena Wells, a teacher at BCHS. 
 
BCHS administration and teachers aren't the only one that are welcoming the change, students are also enjoying the late start. As BCHS student Olivia Espinoza described, "we get to sleep in but also it gives us more time to kind of adjust the homework."
 
Secretary Arne Duncan has been very open about his support of later school start times, as he has taken multiple times to twitter writing "Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later."
 
For Bakersfield Christian High School, the switch was driven by the studies that show academic benefit. "We are seeing research going this direction, seems to be going positive, why not give it a shot," explained Jeff Ward, the Vice President of student life at BCHS. 
 
 
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