Portsmouth Weighs a Later Start to School Day for Students

Nov 14, 2016

The Portsmouth School Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday evening on whether the school day should begin later for the city’s middle and high school students.

There’s a growing body of research that suggests teenaged students have a lot to gain by getting more sleep. From better school attendance, to fewer morning traffic accidents – even better grades. That research is leading more and more school districts around the country to consider pushing back their start times.

In New Hampshire, the Oyster River School district, which includes Durham, Lee, and Madbury, became the first public school district in the state to change its start times a few weeks ago.

The Portsmouth school board will discuss the issue with the public tonight at the high school library. They are expected to vote on the issue before the end of the month. If approved, the later start times would take effect next school year.