Novi pushing back school start times starting next fall to give teens more sleep

Posted at 9:27 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 21:54:37-05

NOVI, Mich. (WXYZ) — Novi teens will be sleeping a little bit later during the school week next fall. And the reason for the change is to give teens better sleep.

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The Novi Community School District's board of education approved the measure in a 6-0 vote on Dec. 19.

A live recording of the board meeting is below. Discussion on school hours begins around the 18:27 minute mark.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says classes shouldn't start before 8:30 a.m. for adolescents. However, Novi High School students currently head to class at 7:15 a.m., one of the earliest start times in the country.

In 2020, fifth and sixth-graders at Novi Meadows will begin at 7:30 a.m.. The first bell at the high school will ring at 8 a.m., and middle schools in the district will start at 8:30 a.m.