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Seattle Schools Brace for a ‘Historic’ Scheduling Change

Experts say that delaying school start times can benefit student health. Over 90 percent of high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, according to a 2014 report. This can have a severe impact on their physical and emotional health: Tired teens are more likely to be overweight, anxious and get poor grades. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later.  Yet less than 1 in 5 of those schools do so, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of Education Department statistics.