A need for some Z’s

PV should have delayed openings every Wednesday

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

I rolled out of bed on a school morning to the sound of my alarm echoing off of the walls. The night before, I had gotten home at 8:30 p.m. from volunteering at the local food pantry followed by weekly Smoke Signal meetings. I sat down at my desk to begin my homework which included researching for an essay, studying for a math quiz, and completing additional SAT prep. As I scrambled to get ready that morning, I looked back at the clock and realized that I still had three hours before I had to come into school.

Students entered Pascack Valley at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from a two hour delayed opening. The late opening was due to a professional morning for the faculty, a specialized training intended to help teachers improve their skills in addressing students’ learning challenges. Three other delayed openings are scheduled to take place on Feb. 12, March 18, and June 3 due to professional development days this school year.

The administration should eliminate Pascack Period, a study hall period used by students to complete work and meet with teachers. Instead, this period should be replaced with a delayed opening every Wednesday. An experiment conducted by Oxford University found that the brain does not reach its full performance level until 10 a.m., and with the delayed schedule, students could gain back those hours of sleep. This would overall make them feel more focused and energized when school starts.

With the two extra hours that students would receive, they will no longer have to get ready for school without feeling rushed. Although it can be inconvenient to not be able to visit teachers during Pascack Period, students can still have the opportunity to visit teachers before school or during lunch. Additionally, students can utilize the extra hours to complete homework assignments or review for an assessment or presentation.

On regular Wednesdays, many students do not have enough time to sleep, eat breakfast, or review for assessments due to the early 8 a.m. arrival. Since teenagers are still at an important age of growing and developing, it is essential to get enough sleep. According to livescience.com, teenagers often fall short of the recommended hours per night because of the amount of homework and extracurricular activities they may have after school. 

With proper rest from a delayed opening schedule, students would be able to walk into their first period class with a ready-to-take-on the day attitude which will ultimately motivate students to apply all their effort into achieving their goals and solving any challenge. 

Student Reactions to Delayed Openings Every Wednesday