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Students lose in sleep cost-benefit analysis

A committee that studied whether Bedford schools should start later in the morning found it is a good idea but not viable because it would increase bus costs too much.

Many adolescents need more sleep than they're getting now, but because of their body's circadian rhythms, they can't simply go to bed earlier, the committee found. But moving the start times by 45 minutes later at the high school (to 8 a.m.) and the middle school (to 8:28 a.m.) would cost between $350,000 and $435,000 more for school buses than the school district pays now, because more bus routes would be required, according to the committee's report.

The committee recommended revisiting the issue within three years.

MATT MCDONALD

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