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Letter: High schools should start later in the day

As a student at Judge Memorial High School, teachers and mentors talk a lot about getting good grades and sleep. For students, sleep is one of the hardest things to get, especially when school starts between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. for high schools across Utah. With after-school activities and a big load of homework, only 15% of these millions of students get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep per night.

Lack of focus is a big problem that comes from sleep deprivation, and lack of full focus brings bad grades. It is almost five times as hard to focus without the recommended hours of sleep. Sleep is almost as important to eating and drinking water; it keeps you focused, in a good mood and keeps you from getting sick.

I believe all schools should start and finish 30 to 60 minutes later than their current start times. This would improve grades and mood in the school system.

Jack Harris

Salt Lake City