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News10 in the Classroom: Later start times for Glens Falls High School


GLENS FALLS, N.Y.----650 students walk in and out of the doors of Glens Falls High School every day, but now 40 minutes later than they have in the past.

The beginning of this school year marks the second year a later start time is in place and school principal, Dr. Mark Stratton says they are noticing a difference.

"The students seem to be more alert and alive during first period now and our tardy rate improving by over three percent," he says.

Dr. Stratton says the improvements don't stop there.

In just a year's time, the high school has seen a drop in the amount of absences as well as a drop in the amount of students failing classes.

Dr. Stratton credits much of the success of the later start times to assistant principal Elizabeth Collins, who researched the possibility for two years.

"Ideally for the adolescents, looking at their natural sleep patterns, starting after 9 o'clock would be the best time. But with athletics and jobs, those things wouldn't work. So this was the best compromise."

Glens Falls high school is one of the first high schools in the Capital Region to push the day back 40 minutes, with the school day now beginning at 8:30a.m. and ending at 3:00p.m.

Stratton and Collins says athletes had some concerns about being able to make it to games on time, but other area coaches have worked with the district to push back game start times a half an hour when need be.

"If the students are getting here on time more, then they're in the classes more," says Collins. "I think they're more alert, so they're going to retain the information necessary to be successful."

"I hope to keep riding the wave," adds Dr. Stratton. "We've had some positive publicity and I hope that continues, because all I've seen from this point has been success and I hope to continue that success."

The new time frame for the high school parallels the middle school schedule as well.

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