Md. Considers Later Start for High Schools

Monday, March 11, 2013

It is 6:45 a.m. and Severna Park High School freshman Chelsea Rogers has a decision to make: skip the most important meal of the day or skip the school bus.

"There's no time for breakfast," said Rogers after reaching the corner of Hill Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, where the bus will take her to school in time for classes to begin at 7:17 a.m. She said she hadn't had a bite since 8 p.m. the night before and wouldn't eat again until lunch.

Roger's story is a familiar refrain for Anne Arundel County high school students — and for years it's been echoed by parents, health care professionals and community leaders across the nation who are concerned that early school start times hurt classroom performance, especially among teenagers.

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