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Lewis-Palmer District debates #schoolstart time

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's a national debate that affects students and parents: when should school start?
The Lewis-Palmer School District is debating this Thursday night at a special board meeting.

How do we know if that alarm clock is going off too early?

Lewis-Palmer High parents said it's already going set too early for students.

"I would like it if they were a little bit later, especially for middle and high school students," said Jennifer Donlin. "It would give them more time to sleep in because they're up studying late."

Other students said they have mixed feelings because of scheduling.

"It might mess up some schedules after school for people with tutoring," said Garrett Rademacher, a junior at Lewis-Palmer High. "I don't know, it might be good or it might be bad."

District-38 officials said they are in the early stages of this process. D-38's Julie Stephen said the goal tonight is to decide whether or not to move forward with this issue.

If some time changes are decided later down the road, it could affect every school in the district due to staggered bus routes.

What are the current start times?

Lewis-Palmer Middle School: 7:23 a.m.
Lewis-Palmer High School: 7:40 a.m.
Lewis-Palmer Elementary School: 8:45 a.m.

The board meeting is Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the district administration building.

It's important to note: the public is welcome, but there won't be any open discussion.


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