While anyone can benefit from a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning, Boston students will soon be able to enjoy some added time to their morning rest as 85% of the city’s schools will start at a new time. While the research that proved this time change would benefit middle and high school students were provided two years ago, the battle was between “scientific evidence and anecdotal evidence,” according to Boston Magazine.
With data from MIT’s Operations Research Center, it has been discovered that “students who catch a few extra Z’s have better grades, show up to class more often, and get in fewer car accidents.” The feedback used from the study was collected from 10,000 parents, students, and staff. And MIT wasn’t the only one to comment on the matter. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weighed in on the matter as well. CDC agreed that middle and high school students should start their classes later in the day.
Some schools are expected to start at 8:30 a.m. While others have been pushed up to 9:30 a.m. You can visit the Boston Public School site to view a list of the schools that will be affected by these new start times. Some elementary schools might even see that their start times are earlier to help accommodate this new change that will impact middle and high school students.
While this change is expected to better students in higher grades, Boston’s school officials expect some backlash from parents as this time change will, in fact, affect their schedule too.
Although good grades and a higher attendance rate are something to be excited for, let’s focus on the fact that this change could decrease the number of auto accidents occurring. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19-year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over.” The risk is at its highest for those between the ages of 16-17, and those are students who are attending high school. The truth is, a sleepy driver is a dangerous driver, and a sleepy teen driver is even deadlier to others on the roadway as they are also inexperienced.
Therefore, with the data that has been provided and the knowledge we have on how common teen car accident fatalities are, this may be the best move the school districts in Boston could have made. Because teen car accidents do occur on a rather frequent basis, if anyone’s teen was involved in an accident or you were, USAttorneys.com is ready to help you find a nearby accident lawyer in Boston. Knowing what to do after an auto accident transpires can make a huge difference in what you receive for your injuries and/or damages.
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