Board again delays vote on changing school starting times

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The school board has again delayed a vote on changing school starting times, so Des Moines public schools won't alter those times for the coming school year.

The board decided Tuesday to wait for a plan that addresses concerns raised by parents and staff at Smouse and Van Meter schools, which serve students with disabilities. The delay was the second in two weeks.

Under the proposal, elementary schools would begin at 7:50 a.m., roughly 30 minutes to an hour earlier. Middle schools would start at 8:35 a.m., 50 minutes later, and high schools would start at 8:30 a.m., also 50 minutes later.

Officials say research shows the later starting times would better align with teenagers' natural sleep schedules.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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