New Bell Schedule at NHS
By Gabby Caldera
At Novato High School, the new bell schedule is creating controversy among students and administration for the current school year. Lots of administrators can agree that high schoolers are in desperate need of more sleep. This start of the school year has begun with a later start time of 8 a.m. compared to last year’s start at 7:26 a.m.
According to Mark Fischetti on the website ScientificAmerican.com, circadian rhythms shift during the teen years and that by age 13 we need to be sleeping more because of the change of melatonin in our brains. Throughout the years it tends to strengthen, causing us to sleep later.
The idea seemed good, but with a later start time, students have a later dismissal time. This affects the time of after-school sports, the lunch schedule, and the bus schedule.
English teacher Martha Fine had some thoughts about the new bell schedule.
“What I like about the new bell schedule is that everyday starts at the same time which makes my life schedule much easier,” said Fine. “What I don’t like about the schedule is the lunch times always being different. I find the 11:45 too early and the 1:40 too late.”
Sophomore Brandon Alvarez takes the bus home from school and does not agree with the later start time since the bus times don't match up with the new dismissal time. Students would have to wait considering seventh period gets out at 3:19 p.m. and the earliest bus arrives at 3:18 p.m. Alvarez and other students have to wait thirty minutes after getting out since the next bus arrives around 3:48 p.m.
This changing schedule also affects the lunch period as many students choose to go off campus.There are many tardies considering the 35 minute long lunch is not enough time for them to go out. With the later start time, it has brought an inconsistent lunch hour. Lunch usually starts at 12:50 and other days it is at 11:25. Including a longer lunch in the new bell schedule could have been a major benefit to students.
“I think 35 minutes is not enough time for lunch because I know students like to go off campus and I’m honestly always afraid there is going to be an accident from kids rushing back,” said Fine.
With the later start time and a lunch period that has remained too short, many students and staff do not agree with the new bell schedule as there are still things to fix. Hopefully, this will improve for the upcoming years.