For years there have been studies that show the teenage brain is programmed to stay up later and sleep later yet our schools continue to open up earlier and earlier the older a child gets. I have long wondered why those who are most trained in child development would insist on sticking to a schedule that requires students to fight their biology, esp when a review of attendance records shows that the first two classes of the day have higher absenteeism than the other classes each day. Our school Superintendent just sent out an email saying that the school board has decided to flip the start times for our schools. The elem schools will have kids dropped off there earlier so that all students can have breakfast before school rather than arriving on a bus with five min or so to get to class. The middle school, jr high and high school will start later, at the time the elem schools start now. It will help parents with daycare because children can be at school having breakfast rather than at a sitter or daycare that the parents have to pay for. Most of our schools, all elem and the middle school esp, have free bfast and lunch for everyone regardless of income. Part through the school lunch program and part through a few grants. It makes a BIG impact on every aspect of school performance including disciplinary problems (greatly reduces them). The school cited the research that shows taht teens do better and have less depression when they are allowed to go to school later. So changing the start time from 7:45or so to 9:00 should have a significant impact once everyone gets used to the change. This is the kind of thing that has husband and I staying in this town rather than moving to a more convenient place.