On Thursday, the school committee voted to move the start time from 7:30am to between 8 and 8;30am beginning no later than 2014.
While it could be more than a year before the later start time kicks in, there was no shortage of opinion at the high school,”I personally feel there’s no need to push our start time later, it just pushes back sports activities and after school help and all that kind of stuff,” says Abigail Adams, a student at Northampton High School.
Another student wonders if the change will achieve its desired goal,”But I feel in the end, people would probably start going to bed later and waking up a little bit later, I don’t think you’d be getting much more sleep,” says David Jeffway, a student at Northampton High School.
And one parent had mixed feelings,”I understand there’s some research with teens to show they want to sleep in, on the other hand I don’t that it works with respect to extra curriculars,” says Andy Cohen.
Associate school principal Bryan Lombardi says the job at hand now is to implement the new starting time in a way that will be fair to all and not infringe on any after school activities or sporting events,” They’d like us to keep it at 8am the earliest which we will do and no later than 8:30 , some of the obstacles that many schools face are athletics and activities after school so you are in a tought time line around the 2:30 to 2:40 time line,” says Bryan Lombardi.
Right now dismissal time is 1:59pm.
Lombardi who becomes the new principal at Northampton High in July will work with the superintendent and teachers to implement the new start time.