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How Park City High School’s early school times affects the youth

Jessica Curley
Park Record intern

My alarm clock goes off like a siren at 6 a.m. I drag myself out of bed, and get ready for school. The brisk air sweeps across my face as I wait for the bus under the pitch black sky. Before class begins, I stand in the hallway surrounded by sleep-deprived zombies. I try and shake the feeling away, but all I can think about is how much I want to go back to sleep.

Many students attending Park City High School, including myself, have extra-curricular activities, a job, and loads of homework to do. Then we are expected to get up at 6 a.m. or earlier, and go to school. It's physically and emotionally exhausting and may cause sleep deprivation for those with too much on their hands.

About halfway through the day, the zombie effect wears off. I'm still weary but I try to get my work done. I look across the room, and observe other students resting on their desks, yawning, and out cold sleeping. It seems funny at first, but in reality, it's a sign of exhaustion.

I can't speak for other students, but I can speak for myself. When I get home around 3 p.m., I have a few hours to do my homework, chores, and relax. After that, I go to dance, and sometimes I don't get home until 9:30 p.m. I finish what I have to do for the night, and then when I look at the clock it's already 11 p.m.. That gives me six to seven hours of sleep. According to sleep experts, a student my age should get eight to 10.

If Park City High School started one hour later, that one extra hour would change my whole day. I would be more focused in school and dance, and could get my work done without constantly being exhausted.

Park City High School students, Sabine Caplin and Valeria Contraras, also have concerns about the school's 7:30 a.m. start time.

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"I'm more tired throughout the day," says Sabine. "With school activities, if they end late, then I have to go to bed late. So early the next morning, I'm all tired and can't focus as well," says Valeria.

On the other hand, some PCHS students, Franzi Ritzinger and Allie Kenton, for example, prefer that the school start times remain the same. "The school times don't bother me, I'd rather get up early than get out late", says Franzi. Allie added, "I love waking up early because we get out early as well and I really enjoy having the rest of my day to do things."

There are pros and cons regarding this issue, but I can say that I and many other students would approve of school starting later. If you start the day well rested, then the rest of your day will go a lot smoother.