YARMOUTH – Dennis-Yarmouth is set to join Barnstable and Falmouth as Cape towns exploring moving the start time forward for high school.
Recent research has shown that teenagers brains function better later in the day, which has led some schools in Massachusetts to start school later in the morning.
“What we’re hoping to do is, just like some of the other districts around us, is begin a community conversation about it; hear the research with folks, get their input,” said Dennis-Yarmouth Superintendent Carol Woodbury, adding that a change in school schedule impacts the district’s families and their lives.
But a change could also have impacts on D-Y’s already struggling finances.
“Financially, we’re not in the greatest position right now,” said Superintendent Carol Woodbury, “so if there are financial impacts I don’t think that it’s anything we could do very quickly.”
Nauset Regional became the first school on the Cape to move back their start time.