Md. district weighs later start time to boost sleep for high-school students

The Montgomery County, Md., school board will consider a proposal to start high schools at 8:15 a.m. rather than the current 7:25 a.m. first bell to promote sleep for high-school students. To compensate for the change, middle schools would start 10 minutes earlier and the elementary-school day would lengthen by 30 minutes. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr proposed the changes following the release of a study group's report, saying the later start was intended to promote students' health and well-being.

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