Is Fairfax’s new sleep-in program for some students fair?

Oct 7, 2013 by

Suppose you heard about a special program for students who get to go to school late so they can sleep in a little longer, but it is only for teens who can get the required permission and have the ability to get to school on their own — without school buses.

You just might think it is an elitist program for kids who own their own car or who have parents who can drive them or pay for transportation. And you’d be right.

That’s what is going on in Fairfax County Public Schools, where parents have asked the school board nearly 10 times in the last 24 years to let high school students start school later than 7:20 a.m. because research clearly shows that teens are biologically programmed for a late-to-bed and late-to-rise schedule. Some of these kids get picked up at their homes by buses at 5:45 a.m.

via Is Fairfax’s new sleep-in program for some students fair?.

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