VIDEO: Rock Bridge sophomore comments on high school start times

Monday, April 29, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 29, 2013
Rock Bridge sophomore Jilly Dos Santos helped champion the new 9 a.m. start time approved by the Columbia School Board on March 11.

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge High School sophomore Jilly Dos Santos weighed in on the Columbia Public Schools start-time debate and discussed Students' Say, an advocacy group for students from district high schools.

Dos Santos said high school students' circadian rhythms would be incompatible with an early start time and cited research from Start School Later, an advocacy group that compares sleep patterns with academic performance.

On March 11, the Columbia School Board approved the new 9 a.m. start time for district high schools, which was championed by Dos Santos. 

While Dos Santos created Students' Say over the start-time debate, she intends for it to have longer staying power. The group has more than 500 members on Facebook and more than 150 followers on Twitter, most of them students.

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