Under the final recommendation, aren't RMS students not getting the benefit of extra sleep?
Studies show that while a switch to an adolescent's circadian rhythm begins at puberty, maxiumum circadian delay in teenagers peaks between the ages of 15-21, putting high school students at the greatest risk of experiencing negative effects of chronic sleep. The final recommendation benefits the greatest number of students. Still, in a concerted effort to address middle school sleep needs, the district's Transportation Department was able to alter routes to ensure pick-up times from bus stops change by just five minutes. Additionally, research conducted during the district's study of sleep and school start times found RMS currently starts the school day later than most middle schools. Current RMS students will benefit from the final recommendation in just a few years, getting a full four years of medically recommended sleep throughout high school.