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Osbourn High School students will start their school day a little later next year, after the Manassas School Board approved new start and release times for all the city’s schools for 2014-2015.

Under the new schedule, approved by the board at its April 22 meeting, the school day at Osbourn High School will start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Osbourn’s school day currently begins at 7:20 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.

Under the new schedule, Metz Middle School students will start their day first, at 7:20 a.m. and be released at 2:20 p.m. Mayfield Intermediate School will start at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.

Dean, Haydon and Round elementary schools will start at 8:35 a.m. and release at 3:45 p.m. and Baldwin and Weems elementary schools will start at 9:05 a.m. and release at 4:15 p.m.

This year, Osbourn students start their school days first, followed by Metz students who attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Baldwin and Weems elementary school students who attend from 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., Dean, Haydon and Round elementary school students who attend from 8:20 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. and Mayfield students who attend from 8:50 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Manassas school officials recommended the schedule change to prepare for the new Baldwin elementary and intermediate schools, set to open in 2016.

The school board voted to implement the changes in the upcoming school year and to make changes as necessary in the following years.

In addition to making room for the new Baldwin schools, school officials wanted to make changes to allow high school students to start their day later.

The Manassas School Board’s academic committee asked school division staff “to investigate the potential for changing Osbourn High School’s start time to later in the day due to supporting research and other Virginia public school divisions” implementation of later starts for their high schools,” according to school board background documents.

Locally, high schools in Prince William County and Manassas Park still start their day in the 7 a.m. hour. The Fairfax County School Board is currently considering changing its high school start times. At a meeting last week, the Fairfax board was presented with several options which would push the high school start times back to between 7:50 and 9 a.m.

The Fairfax board is now soliciting public feedback on those proposals and has not yet made a decision.

In Manassas, school officials held a public hearing on the start times April 9 and solicited feedback from parents and other community members via email.


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Unless this disrupts the work schedules of taxpaying parents, who really cares? Probably won't help the kids, but won't hurt them -- the horse left the barn long ago concerning the coddling and stupification of children by government educationists. In principle, the children shouldn't be subjected to Government Educationism anyway, but since they are, they might as well wander into the buildings at noon and leave at 1:30 PM after lunch since that would produce the least "psychological harm," a condition always to be minimized (and never defined, conveniently) at the expense of "learning" or "good training."

Anyway, one assumes it's as much for the convenience of teachers and administrators as for the kids, who come and go, as do the relevant parents.


I'm right with you on the lack of rigor and the coddling of children in education.
If the research came from the government or Pearson I would be more skepticalI of it's benefit.
The school day is not long enough and the teachers make up for it with a lot of homework and teaching to the test.
However, many high school kids are over-tired and not all are staying up late playing video games.


Research shows that teenagers' body clocks are naturally later that younger children.
This is not a problem of getting to bed early enough, it is the time when they get quality sleep.
Getting teens up at 5:30 am is psychologically harmful regardless of the time they went to bed.
The schools are in a difficult situation as they are trying to get by with less buses so they can't please everyone.

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No, the Mayo clinic among many others.


instead of teaching children how to adapt, we change everything to cater to them.


I guess it would be asking too much for a little bit of common sense? Older kids can be left alone for brief periods of time, and are (or should) be responsible enough to be able to lock doors and make it to school or the bus stops.

Why make elementary schools open last? Am I the only family in which both parents need to be able to work in order to afford to live in this area? Now we have elementary schools that don't start until after most normal business hours?

Sounds like a wonderful plan for those that can afford before and after school care, and a horrible idea for those of that actually have to commute to make a living.


Well it looks like the OHS kids will get to stay up at least 50 minutes later now!

Here is a novel idea if educators really think that kids get too little sleep....encourage the parents to have their kids go to bed earlier.

Oh yeah, wait a minute, that will mean that the parents will actually have to behave like parents and enforce rules instead of just being good buddies with their kids.

When this makes no difference in 2 or 3 years will school start time be pushed back to 9:30 or maybe 10:15 a.m ???


LOL you obviously dont have a kid in high school that takes more than 2 AP classes. We get immense amount of homework that forces us to stay up until 2, 3 in the morning. That means only getting about 2 or 3 hours of sleep and less sleep means more naps once i get home from school... taking naps means reducing the amount of time i have to study, which of course, means staying up late again.
Its a repetitive cycle and although it may not seem like a lot to someone like you, 30 minutes of extra sleep can help a lot. I dont go to OHS but I do go to a school in PWCS and I hope they make these changes throughout the region.
Also, if school starts later, more kids will show up rather than skip and not as many kids will be falling asleep in class.


LOL do you realize that a switch from an 7:20am start time to 8:10am start time and a switch from a 2:15 end time to 3:15 end time does not actually result in "30 minutes of extra sleep"? Your poor time management would remain unaffected by the later start time; you'd actually be LOSING ten minutes and have to take those naps (ten minutes longer?), thereby "reducing the amount of study" and causing you to stay up late again. Why bother with the AP classes? Between the ill-formed argument, inability to properly calculate simple math, and poor time management skills, what you have to offer to a collegiate environment seems lacking.

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