Lake Oswego students adjust to earlier start times: 'I think it's better for them'

FILE - Student wakes up for school

The students in the Lake Oswego School District are adjusting their alarm clocks this year after the district decided to change the start times for elementary, middle and high school.

Elementary school students now start at 8:30 a.m., compared to 9:05 at the end of last year (9:10 at the start of last year, but the start time was adjusted to make up for snow days).

Both middle and high school students now start 50 minutes later.

High school students will have to be in class by 8:25 a.m., while the bell at the middle schools will go off at 9:00 a.m.

The superintendent of the district said the changes are to support the healthy lifestyles of the students. Many parents agree.

"I think it's better for the younger kids because they tend to get up earlier, whereas it's the older kids that have more homework,” Margaret Eastman said. “I think it's better for them.”

Eastman thinks the new start time is more convenient for working parents. The students said it’ll be an adjustment.

“Now we have to go to bed earlier, so that’s not really fun, but it makes it easier to wake up in the morning,” Brook, a student at Forest Hills, said.

“Yeah, well I accidentally went to bed at nine, so I just woke up right as I had to go to school,” Porter, a student at Forest Hills, said describing how he was almost late on his first day.

But even though it’s an earlier wake-up call, some of the students agree it’s best to look at the bright side.

“It ends earlier, too!” classmate Payton said, weighing the positives and negatives.

Payton’s father agreed the changes are good, but he joked, there are certain ways it could be even more enjoyable.

“Maybe they should have Starbucks here for some of the parents struggling to get up in the morning,” Les Harrison said.

The start times changing also impacts the release time for the students in the district:

  • Elementary Schools: 2:50 p.m.
  • Middle Schools: 3:55 p.m.
  • High Schools: 3:30 p.m.
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