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Normal school times for Persalvic Elementary, Victoria, NL

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No explanation needed here, but we need to bring this to the NLESD'S attention, that school times of this early is preposterous. There is absolutely no need for a child to have to get a bus 7:20am in the morning, being out of bed by 6am, or earlier. Did they get up in time? Did they have time to have a good breakfast? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they need that to help concentrate at school. Did they have a restless night, the night before? Did they get addiquiate sleep? Chances are by midday, those kids are having trouble staying awake because their body is not well rested.


Dr. Elliott Lee agrees. He is a psychiatrist and sleep expert at the sleep clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He says statistics show up to 70% of kids are sleep-deprived, well above the national average. "When school starts early then we really predispose them to having more problems with sleep deprivations which affects their academic performance, social interactions, and even exacerbates mood and anxiety problems," he says


Lee says kids are not wired like adults. "They have a different biological sleep need than adults," he says. They have a need to go to sleep later and wake up later."


Bring the school times back to normal for Persalvic. We are the children's voice. Let's be heard!!!!

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