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Should School Start Time Be Pushed Back to Later In the Morning?

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by Bridey O’Connor

A common grievance among students is the fact that school starts too early. In the winter, it seems as if we’re getting to school before the sun rises and we leave as the sun is beginning its descent.

In 2015, Montgomery County decided to set their opening bell for high schools later 20 minutes —  from 7:25 am to 7:45 am. While 20 minutes doesn’t seem like too big of difference at first glance, it could improve the lives of many students. [1]

This year, the administration changed the rule of allowing students ten minutes after the 7:30 bell to get to class without a late pass. Now, if you’re not in class by 7:30 you’re considered late and even if you’re right in front of the classroom door, you have to double back and get a pass, making you even later than you were going to be.

“I think that no matter what time the bell rings, people are still going to be late. It’s just something that always is going to happen,” said senior Deyaneira Cruz.

“I don’t think that it’s a good idea to push the opening bell back because it’s a good thing that we have ten minutes to get to class right now because no one listens to the first two bells anyway which is bad,” said senior Zoie Williams.

“I feel like it’s a good idea to push the opening bell back because it gives people more time to get to school, like the people who walk to school,” said freshman Andrea Campbell.

Freshman Nick Brown added “Having a little bit more time to get ready and focused in the morning would be something helpful I think.”

“Personally, I’m 50/50 on the topic, because if school starts later then we get out later because I think we need to be in school for about seven hours,” senior Kalil Ricketts said.

“I think that the opening time is fine as it is,” said senior Rian Wambach. He added, “If the opening time is pushed back, it wouldn’t solve the problems, it would just push them back to a different time.”

Students at Walkersville are split on whether or not the opening bell should be pushed back to a later time or not. Even if it is, it would take a while before the plan is put into place. Here’s to hoping that it could happen sometime in the future.
[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/debate-over-school-start-times-flares-anew/2017/01/01/9c23de06-cd37-11e6-b8a2-8c2a61b0436f_story.html?utm_term=.2682d4ff45d7&tid=a_inl

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