HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Come this next school year, Hattiesburg High School students may get a little extra time to hit that snooze button.
After seeing research that high school students generally aren't quite 'morning people' - and have been shown to process and absorb information better later in the day - Hattiesburg School District officials are considering pushing the start time for classes back by about an hour at Hattiesburg High. Right now the bell rings at 7:20 a.m. and this would shift that to 8:30 a.m.
To make up for that morning hour, school would let out at 3:45 p.m., rather than the 2:45 release the school currently institutes.
"We have a number of students at the high school who have jobs - some of our seniors - and they would maybe need to have a flex schedule where they could come in a little bit earlier and leave a little bit earlier or have a class that accommodates a work schedule," said Jas N Smith, Hattiesburg School District communications director. "They're also considering what they call a zero period. Which would be a class that started at the old start time. Students could come early if they wanted to and take an English class or a class that they needed and so it would kind of be an extra class but it wouldn't be after school, it would be before school.