CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Public Schools will begin phasing in later start times this fall beginning with Western Hills High School and Dater High School.
Both schools will push their schedules back 45 minutes for grades 7-12, starting at 8 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m.
After months of consideration and input from students, parents and staff, the CPS Board of Education passed a resolution this year to phase-in later times for CPS high schools over the next three years.
According to CPS, research shows that a later school start time improves students’ health. In a national study of urban teenagers, researchers found that high school start times after 8:30 a.m. increased the likelihood that teens obtained the minimum recommended amount of sleep, benefiting their overall health and well-being.
Several CPS high schools begin their day at 7:30 a.m., including Aiken, Clark Montessori and Walnut Hills, while other CPS high schools offer later start times: Hughes STEM, 8:35 am; Gamble Montessori, 8:40 am; Riverview East, 9:15 am.
CPS schools reopen Aug. 19.