For the past 18 months Boston has been weighing the options for changing school start times. As reported by the Boston Globe, school officials working with MIT researchers have found there are 1.8 octodecillian possible school start time combinations. The Boston School Committee is expected to vote on the overarching policy at the beginning of December, with new start times being announced on December 7th.
The new start times would likely have younger students starting earlier in the day, and older students arriving later. This would allow teenagers to adjust to their natural biological sleep cycle, and prevent younger students from returning home after dark. While many people agree with these changes, there are also new challenges to consider with adjusted start times, and some people simply prefer how it is, including a teenager from the Boston Globe article who prefers to start early and have free afternoons.
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