Norfolk considering later start times for high schools

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk School Board is considering a later start for high schoolers in the coming years.

In a recent resolution, the board has requested that Superintendent Melinda Boone look into the matter, and propose a draft framework by the October board meeting. 

The board said in the resolution it is hoping to have start times no earlier than 8:30 a.m. — so that students can get “a sufficient amount of sleep, as defined by sleep research and medical experts.”

High schools in Norfolk currently start at 7:25 a.m.

The board said action on a potential plan could be taken at its December meeting.

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