Holyoke Singled Out For Start Times

Holyoke High North is one of the only  schools in the area where the first bell doesn't ring until 8:10 a.m. 

The CDC says 53 percent of high schools in Massachusetts start between  7:30 and 7:59 in the morning, with eight percent starting before 7:30.   

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an 8:30 start time, and  new numbers from the University of Washington are supporting that idea.   

Holyoke High North shifted the start time two years ago and has seen a  decline in chronic absences since the change. 

The School system is under the control of a receiver and has been for the last couple of years.

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