CDC Says Kids Start Their School Day Too EarlyAmerica's teenagers are starting school too early, in spite of a flurry of studies showing they need more sleep and national recommendations that school days start later, government health experts say. A survey of U.S. school districts shows fewer than one in five middle and high schools rang the first bell at 8:30 or later -- the time recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
■Class discussion: What time do you start school? Do you feel overtired during the school day? Do you have any trouble going to bed early enough to get a full night's sleep? Why or why not? Would you mind getting out of school later in the day? Would a later school dismissal interfere with your life? What do your parents, teachers, school administrators and coaches think about starting school later in the day?