Students and teachers adjust differently to longer school days

Posted: November 30, 2015 in Academics, Current Events and Issues, Four-day Week

James Armstrong
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon has changed its hours to have longer days because they changed to four day weeks. This has affected the students and staff both positively and negatively.
     Not only do students have to wake up earlier and stay later, but even more so for the teachers. Some teachers’ sleeping schedules have even changed due to the time change.
     “With the earlier start time you have less time to get things ready for the day and less time to really think about what you are going to discuss during the day,” said eighth grade social studies teacher David McQuilkin.
     Starting earlier has not affected everyone either negatively or at all. Science teacher Regan Roach said she’s always been an early riser so the 6:50 a.m. start time is no problem for her..
     “Since I have always gotten up at 3 a.m. to go to the gym, it really hasn’t negatively affected my sleep cycle. If anything, the longer days just help me sleep better,” said she said.
     Many students and staff use their extra day off to catch up on sleep and or work around the house.
     “I use Fridays to catch up on sleep, do homework, and do chores,” said eighth grader Nicholas Moorhead.
     The longer days have affected how some students and staff interact with their family. They don’t have as much time to spend with families and friends.
     “I have to wake my children up earlier and put them to bed earlier due to the new schedule. I don’t get to spend as much time with my family as I’d like since I spend about two more hours per day at work. I do enjoy having Friday’s off to spend with family,” said seventh-grade science teacher Wendy McQuilkin.
     AJUSD is reviewing all aspects to the new schedule and conducting surveys of parents, students, and teachers to see if adjustments are needed for the 2015-16 school year.

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