The Bell Rings at 7 A.M!

Eric Chernaev, Reporter


For as long as current students of West Career and Technical Academy can remember, the bell for the first period rings at exactly 7 a.m. each morning.

Students and teachers have argued in the past that this is too early for students to have to wake up.

Senior Tisha Potijaroen said, “I usually wake up between 5:30-5:50 a.m.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, school should start after 8:30 a.m. so students would never have to wake up before 7 a.m.

Many complain, but never know the true reason why West Tech starts so early.

While researching this topic, Teacher Ms.Williams explained “It’s because of the bus schedule, we need enough buses for elementary, middle and high schools. If each level of education begins at a different time then there would be enough transportation for all students in CCSD.”

Most students have multiple responsibilities such as jobs and homework that hinder their ability to go to sleep early enough to reach the 8-10 necessary hours of sleep for a teenager.

Sophomore Angel Lopez stated, “I go to bed at 9:30 p.m. so I can not be tired in class and be able to complete all my classwork instead of sleeping.”

Williams added, “There are the same three kids in my first period that are always tired and I love them dearly but it drives me nuts.”

There are multiple pros and cons of school starting at 7 a.m, and every student has a different opinion on this subject. For the time being, students should try their best to go to bed on time so that they are not tired at the first bell at 7 a.m.



Senior, Kenny Muller taking a nap during his English class the day the project is due.

Photo Credit: Eric Chernaev


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