A Late, Late Start
BVSD has been debating changing Fairview’s starting time from 8:05 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. For me, though, the time seems absolutely unreasonable and irrational.
Fairview students need far more time to sleep through the mornings, which is why there is a simple solution to solve the school start time issue. School should start, not end, at 3:25 p.m. 8:30 a.m. is far too early, as students need much more time to sleep in. Though this proposal may sound ludicrous at first glance, students have already shown their praise for the idea, along with their concerns that are flat out unbelievable.
If enacted, which should be expected, there wouldn’t be very much of a change. Students may sleep until 2:00 p.m., must be at school by 3:25 p.m., can eat lunch at 7:00 p.m., then leave at 10:45 p.m. Students I questioned on the idea’s appeal immediately saw the great advantages.
“[It] would be nice to wake up late, but tough to go home at 10:45,” said freshman Will Waldrip.
The good news is that students won’t even need to go home at 10:45 p.m., but instead could stay overnight for extracurricular activities! As it is commonly known, darkness and cold helps students focus on sports, music, and clubs.
“I don’t think it works like that,” senior Erin Maybach said.
And Maybach brings up another great point: work. Though parents would love the idea, various students have concerns over how the schedule may impede with working schedules.
“My mom works so she would probably not like it,” Waldrip said.
But Waldrip is misinformed, as parents would be able to prove to other competitive mothers and fathers how dedicated they are to their children by picking them up in the middle of the night. But another huge advantage is if there are siblings, being late to a drop off time of 8:00 a.m. for siblings will not make the Fairview student late for their 3:25 p.m. time and vice versa. Like they should, various students agree to this idea.
“Dope,” said junior Quintin Dombrowski.
There still are concerns over adapting to the new timing of the school day though, from ludicrous students that doubt my idea.
“I wouldn’t be as productive at school,” said senior Leah Ross.
Ross is obviously stating how she will be relatively less productive at school, and more at home or during the brand new, 7:00 p.m. lunch period!
“I feel like it wouldn’t be lunch,” said freshman Elli Weber.
Weber is correct, for it would be something much better. Lunch at 7:00 p.m. is a wonderful change in which students can be extra productive, with the knowledge that the hour hand is on the 7 instead of the 12, which should be encouraging due to students already having prior instincts of working during that time. Additionally, the darkness and cold that would also benefit the extracurriculars would also be a factor during the 7:00 p.m. lunch.
“I like the dark,” said senior Andrew Barraza.
With the overwhelming support for a later start to highschool, I cannot see why absolutely anyone could oppose it. Students may sleep in, parents’ lives are easier, and a wonderful lunch at 7:00 are just a few of the uncountable advantages of a later start time. Hopefully, this change can be implemented sometime before the start of next year.