Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s new schedule to help kids get more sleep.

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District released the first draft of a new school schedule to comply with a statewide law requiring schools to start later to help children get more sleep. Under the proposal, high schools and middle schools in the district will start about thirty minutes later. Middle schools would start at 8:35 am and end at 3:10 pm High schools would go from 8:30 am to 3:25 pm School campuses will continue to be open at 7:45 amThe new schedule will be implemented district-wide for the upcoming school year. “I’m actually really happy that now I have more time to eat breakfast, get ready and … have more time in general,” Wolfie Herzog, a student at Monterey High School, said. To accommodate more classes, students will have the option to enroll in zero period classes such as physical education or courses with the local community college. The later school schedule would impact bus routes and extracurriculars. Activities like sports and club meetings would take place later or run shorter. “I think that from parents it’s overwhelmingly positive because they realize they want their kids to have more time for sleep. I think the major concern is ending high school later, with the amount of activities … starting after school, but that’s going to push everything later into the evening, which can be challenging,” Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh said. The proposed change has drawn a mixed reaction from students. “I feel like kids are still going to be late either way. They’re going to take advantage of this. They’re going to keep on sleeping in, then wake up at 9 o’clock,” high school student Layla Chu said . The district held a town hall meeting to get feedback from parents Tuesday. “This is not a silver bullet that suddenly, because we start a half-hour later, all our sleep problems are solved,” Diffenbaugh said. “I do think it’s going to be communication on the parent side, on the school side, to say that even though we’re starting later that doesn’t mean you should be up in the early hours on social media. put it outside your room so you’re not tempted and get some sleep.”Under SB-328, California middle schools and high schools need to implement their new schedule by July 2022.

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District released the first draft of a new school schedule to comply with a statewide law requiring schools to start later to help children get more sleep.

Under the proposal, high schools and middle schools in the district will start about thirty minutes later. Middle schools would start at 8:35 am and end at 3:10 pm High schools would go from 8:30 am to 3:25 pm School campuses will continue to be open at 7:45 am

The new schedule will be implemented district-wide for the upcoming school year.

“I’m actually really happy that now I have more time to eat breakfast, get ready and … have more time in general,” Wolfie Herzog, a student at Monterey High School, said.

To accommodate more classes, students will have the option to enroll in zero period classes such as physical education or courses with the local community college.

The later school schedule would impact bus routes and extracurriculars. Activities like sports and club meetings would take place later or run shorter.

“I think that from parents it’s overwhelmingly positive because they realize they want their kids to have more time for sleep. I think the major concern is ending high school later, with the amount of activities … starting after school, but that’s going to push everything later into the evening, which can be challenging,” Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh said.

The proposed change has drawn a mixed reaction from students.

“I feel like kids are still going to be late either way. They’re going to take advantage of this. They’re going to keep on sleeping in, then wake up at 9 o’clock,” high school student Layla Chu said .

The district held a town hall meeting to get feedback from parents Tuesday.

“This is not a silver bullet that suddenly, because we start a half-hour later, all our sleep problems are solved,” Diffenbaugh said. “I do think it’s going to be communication on the parent side, on the school side, to say that even though we’re starting later that doesn’t mean you should be up in the early hours on social media. put it outside your room so you’re not tempted and get some sleep.”

Under SB-328, California middle schools and high schools need to implement their new schedule by July 2022.

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