Burlington City, NJ: Schools to start 20 minutes later to improve mental health of students

Oct 30, 2017, WHYY Philadelphia: Burlington City, N.J., schools to push back start times by 20 minutes In September 2018, most of Burlington City’s schools in New Jersey will start 20 minutes later. Making the change took administrators about three years, said James Flynn, principal of Burlington City High School. The district wants to push back the school start time even more after parents and kids get used to starting later, he said. “We absolutely believe the extra 20 minutes will make a difference on a daily basis — and over time — for the health of our students and for their student achievement,” he said. A few years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended delaying start times for middle and high school students to improve their academic performance, as well as enhancing their physical and mental health. When teens get more sleep, they perform better in school, according to researchers. And adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being overweight or suffering from depression.