Cons of Starting School Later


Getting out of a warm, cozy bed into the early, dark and cold morning is a task most dreaded by many Jesuit students.

In recent years, it seems that health professionals, parents, and some teachers have been making the claim that teenagers need to be getting more sleep. Their answer? Starting school later.

However, students and parents in favor of starting school later often forget about several important factors such as the effects the change would have on extracurricular activities and the disruption in aligning with parents work schedules.

Hypothetically, if Jesuit chose to start school later, such as 8:30 or 9:00, school would get out later and after-school activities would be pushed back to 3:45 or 4:00, ending later in the evenings such.

Although this affects a small portion of the Jesuit student body, male and female lacrosse players do not begin practice on a normal day in the spring time until either 5:30 on an “early day” or 7:00 on a “late day.”

If school started later, early practice would likely not begin until 6:30 and late practice would not begin until 8:00, concluding around 10:00, which makes for later nights and continuing the struggle for students to get more sleep.

Thus, after a commute home, dinner, and commencing one’s nighttime routine, starting homework would not begin until a much later time and the student would go to bed later than before, with the very real possibility of not getting as much sleep or not feeling as well rested.

With extracurriculars affecting a large portion of the student body, it is an unrealistic expectation that Jesuit change its start time to accommodate a small group of people.

Similarly, a delayed start time would likely affect the schedules of other schools in the Metro league, specifically the scheduling of sporting events.

Another important factor that many individuals who are “pro” on the decision of starting school later forget is the transportation logistics and the alignment of parent work schedules.

At Jesuit, where a large portion of underclassmen or students without a license are dropped off by a parent on the way to work, the possibility of starting school later would disrupt the normal routine.

This could result in the parent arriving at work later, or disallow from a parent dropping a child off at school in the morning at all. Since Jesuit has no bus system, this could create additional pressure for parents.

In addition, students are already conditioned for an early start time, and although it may be a brutal process getting out of bed at 6 or 6:30 in the morning, later start is an unrealistic goal that would affect many more people than just the Jesuit student body.