Time to give kids a later school start each day

Covid-19 has created the opportunity to implement healthier school hours that are also more equitable

Later school hours have been linked with improved performance, greater motivation and lower rates of depression and truancy. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

My two children finally went back to primary school last week after a prolonged period of home-based learning and the June holidays. While I celebrated the return of serenity to my mornings, I couldn't help but feel sorry for my bleary-eyed kids who had to re-acquaint themselves with waking up before 6am.

School starts at 7.30am, and the school bus picks them up at 6am, which means the kids have to get up at a dreaded 5.30am to get ready for school. Recently, I even resorted to cancelling the school bus to save them some time - either I ferry them or they take a taxi - which means they get a little bit more sleep.

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