Norfolk Public Schools holding hearing on proposed change to start times

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Parents will have the chance to weigh-in on a potential change to start times before the Norfolk Public School board takes a vote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends teens get at least eight hours or sleep each night.

Norfolk schools leaders are looking into pushing the start time for high schoolers from 7:25 a.m. back by at least one hour or more. Leaders say the change could help improve student health and prevent long-term harmful health effects.

RELATED: Community asks Norfolk school board to push back start times

Superintendent Dr. Melinda Boone says she is excited people are talking about the idea. Boone adds the change could save money with transportation.

Students and parents are also encouraged to discuss the possibility of changing Lake Taylor Middle School into a kindergarten through eighth grade school.

Wednesday’s public hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Lake Taylor Middle School. Those wishing to speak are encouraged to contact the School Board Clerk or sign-up outside the middle school’s auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m.

Virginia Beach’s school board voted unanimously in November to approve later start times for high schools. The vote allowed Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence to start the planning process to incorporate later state times.

Spence will present options to the school board before a possible vote in September. If that final vote passes, the later start times would go into effect beginning in September 2020.

Look for more coverage on Norfolk’s public hearing tonight on WAVY News 10.

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