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San Diego Unified to hold meetings on later school start times

Posted at 9:59 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 13:14:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Parents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the decision to implement later start times at some San Diego Unified School District schools.

Starting in May, the district will hold several meetings for parents, teachers and other community members to inform them about an initiative known as “Healthy Start Times." The district will also take public input on the program.

District officials believe the later start times -- no earlier than 8:30 a.m. -- could improve student grades and attendance. The change in start times will also provide a healthier and safer environment for students, especially those who are sleep-deprived, the district said.

RELATED: 3 San Diego schools to switch to later start times in 2019

Those who oppose the change to later start times feel it will put families in difficult positions when it comes to work schedules or transportation.

In 2018, San Diego Unified approved a plan for all of its high schools to start at 8:30 a.m. or later starting in 2020.

However, La Jolla High School, Muirlands Middle School and the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts are implementing their early start times this fall.