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Salt Lake City School District pushing high school start times later

By Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio | Posted - Apr. 9, 2021 at 11:18 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City School District's Board of Education voted Tuesday to push start times back an hour for its high schools starting this fall.

The school day for East, West, and Highland high schools will now be from 8:45 to 3 p.m.

"This is really good for kids, not only academically but for their social and emotional well-being," Nate Salazar, Vice President of Salt Lake School's Board of Education told KSL's Dave and Dujanovic Show.

Salazar said they didn't want to extend the school day too late in the day, and it was a juggling act to try to meet everyone's needs.

"There's literally about a 30-minute difference (in the afternoons), and we tried to keep it within that time frame so that family schedules are not impacted significantly," Salazar said.

A spokeswoman for the district says the middle and elementary schools will shift their times too, but they're still finalizing those plans; specifically, they are still figuring out how the bus schedule will work.

A recent BYU study suggested the extra sleep teens got because remote school started later during the pandemic, benefitted their mental health.

"We would really like to study the impacts of this academically for our students, next year, and not only academically but along with that social-emotional well-being. That is very, very crucial in this discussion with a late start as well," Salazar said.

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