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Connections: Schools consider later start times

Feb 8, 2017

Is it time to move back school start times? Science and research makes a pretty good argument that the answer is yes; kids have a harder time focusing in the early hours, and need more sleep. The problem is that districts are under a lot of pressure to provide a wide range of after-school programs, and starting later could complicate that. But several local districts are taking a hard look at later start times.

We discuss what's ideal, and how to achieve it. Our guests:         

  • Dr. Heidi Connolly, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Kevin McGowan, superintendent of the Brighton Central School District
  • Miranda Cologgi, parent
  • Erin Schneider, assistant principal at Hilton High School, and parent