By: Stephany Grafias
Late starts vary around the city; we are very fortunate to have late starts here at Samueli Academy. However people have different views on what day the late start day should be.
For some students having late start hasn’t helped them out at all. Some students still have to come in early because their parents drop them off before they go to work. Some students believe it would be better if they had early dismissal. Ivanery Jimenez, Junior, said, “I still have to get here early because my mom drops me off and if she doesn’t I’ll get here late.”
Having late start could be seen as a benefit or a disadvantage, depending on each student’s situation. However, there are other viewpoints to consider, such as those of the faculty and staff.
Some faculty members believe that having late start is a fantastic idea. They think having late start really helps the students when they’re in class. Rocio Gomez, Counselor, said, “Students learn better in the evening.”
Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan stated that late start for students in school days could help teens use their class time more productively. This statement is supported by many other studies based on this topic.
Faculty members get an additional benefit from the late start. Mr. Jones, 9th grade Earth Science teacher, benefits out of late start, stating that he works better in the evenings rather than the morning.
Mr. Saba, Head of School, knows that some of the students at Samueli Academy prefer early dismissal but he has to follow the state laws: “The state of California says you have a certain number of minutes, 65,000 instructional minutes.”
Another reason why we have late start, is because teachers have a one and a half hour meeting before school on Fridays and having it after school wouldn’t help out the students with designated after school activities and the teachers wouldn't be able to plan ahead for their students.
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