Liverpool sleep survey shows too many students are hitting the ‘snooze’ button

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A survey just completed in the Liverpool Central School District shows too many students are hitting the snooze button in the morning, causing them to be late for school.

A recent survey of students shows 20 percent of middle school students and 15 percent of high school students who took the survey reported being late for school in September because they overslept.

On top of that, nine percent of middle school students and 12 percent of high school students said they missed school at least one day during the same time period because they were just too tired wake up.

Superintendent Mark Potter says these numbers don’t come as a surprise, but a logical solution is still being worked on.

“If we were creating a perfect scenario, we would have all kids go to school at the same time. Obviously, with the number of kids here and transportation, that is not possible,” Potter said. “Then we said, what if we had an earlier group and a later group? Well, that would require about 25 more bus drivers and buses which is also not a solution.”

Parents and board members in the district are split on what a change in start time would do. The survey showed that a later start time does have some support, the bigger concern is the impact students getting out of school later would have on parents work schedules, after school care and athletics.

The district says it will continue discussions on possible changes later this fall. Superintendent Potter says he would like more feedback from parents on the issue.

The results from the survey will be posted on Liverpool’s website later this week.

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