Bend-La Pine School District is changing school start times beginning at the 2019-2020 school year at all levels. Elementary school hours will be from approximately 8:00 to 2:30 PM and middle and high school hours will be from approximately 8:45 AM to 3:45 PM.
The change comes after nearly two years of discussion about the costs and benefits of starting later. The Bend-La Pine district has now joined districts across the country and right here in Oregon that have pushed back start times due to recent studies suggesting it could promote graduation rates to allow that extra hour of sleep, especially for high schoolers.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.