Nanuet HS students to have later start time in fall

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Some Rockland County students will be able to wake up a little later for school starting in September.

District officials are citing better growth and learning as the reason for the change.

Nanuet Senior High School is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:20 a.m.

Sleep expert Dr. Shelley Berson supports a later start time for teens, saying most high school students are sleep-deprived.

Studies show that up to 87 percent get less than the recommended 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours sleep on school nights.

Three years ago, South Orangetown adopted a later start. District officials tell News 12 that the switch has improved attendance.

Some students, including Nanuet senior Nicole Caponigro, aren’t happy with the change.

Caponigro says getting in earlier and out later will push sports practices and games back, even though officials say the athletic schedule won't be “adversely affected.”

Some parents say they aren’t thrilled either because their kids won’t be able to do their homework as early.

Start times for the middle and elementary schools in the Nanuet district will only change by five minutes next year.

Currently, all school districts in Rockland County except for South Orangetown start before 8 a.m.

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