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The Times They are a Changin’ 

Bend-La Pine Schools start times will flip starting next year

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Starting next school year, the start times for elementary and secondary schools in Bend-La Pine Schools will flip, meaning grade school kids will be in their seats at around 8am, while middle and high school students will start at about 8:45am.

“Because our students’ physical health, emotional well-being and academic success are our priorities, the district has decided to change school start times,” Bend La-Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson said in a press release. “Beginning in September 2019, elementary and secondary start times will essentially flip.”

District officials said a substantial body of research shows teenagers would biologically benefit from start times after 8:30am.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens tend to follow a later sleep-wake cycle, which means they're more often sleep deprived when they go to school early.  In a report on later school start times, the NSF states: "Sleep deprivation impairs their ability to be alert, pay attention, solve problems, cope with stress and retain information."

The district said it made its decision after nearly two years of staff, student, parent and community engagement efforts, including a 20-member Start Time Advisory Committee and a public survey that received over 5,000 responses.

“After careful consideration of the information gathered by our start time committee, reviewing the literally thousands of