Chairman ask district to look at starting high school classes later in day

Published: Sep. 21, 2013 at 4:19 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2016 at 8:15 PM EDT
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GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF)- Studies show high school students perform better later on in the day, so the Georgetown County School Board Chairman Jim Dumm asked the district to look into starting classes at an hour or two later in the day.

The benefit is that students might do better in school, but the negative is that it changes the lives of parents, businesses, and bus drivers with school getting out later on in the day.

Dumm said the district is planning to set up a committee of school faculty, community leaders, and athletic coaches to see if this plan would even work.

"Getting input from everyone who is affected because teachers would definitely be affected, parents and day cares just whole host of things," added Dumm.  "It's not an idea to jump right into."

Dumm admits himself that he is not sure if the plan would fly,  but he said it is worth looking into.  Even if that means just starting school a half hour later.

"That's another factor that will have to be considered," said Dumm.  "I don't think it would be any more than an hour but we'll have to look at what's been done in other districts across the country."

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