Superintendent Larry Nyland said required environmental impact statement wasn't finished in time to allow for seven-day review.

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The Seattle School Board on Wednesday postponed its vote on school start times until Nov. 18th.

Superintendent Larry Nyland asked for the delay, saying a required environmental impact statement on the matter wasn’t finished in time to allow for a seven-day review.  The board originally was scheduled to vote Wednesday.

Under Nyland’s proposal, all high schools and most middle schools would begin at 8:45 a.m. starting next fall, almost an hour later than they do now.  That would be in line with the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which cite studies into teenagers’ biological clocks.  Most elementary schools would begin at 7:55 a.m., about 45 minutes earlier than this year. Most K-8s would start at 7:55 a.m. or 8:45 a.m., and 13 schools (three K-8s and 10 elementary schools) would start at 9:35 a.m., which is five minutes later than this school year for all but one of them.

If the board approves the proposal, Seattle will become one of only about 70 districts across the nation have managed to make the change.  Several other King County school districts  are starting to make or are considering making similar adjustments.

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