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GREAT FALLS, Va. (WNEW) — Fairfax County Public Schools officials are considering whether to establish later start times for classes to allow teenagers to get more sleep.

The school board adopted a resolution in 2012 that would delay the start of class until 8 a.m. or later, but no changes have been made to date.

A series of eight meetings are being held to gather feedback from parents, students, and faculty about the later start time. A final recommendation is due to the school board in July.

The proposal has brought a mixed reaction.

Advocates argue that school districts with earlier start start times have a significantly higher rate of car crashes and depression among teens. They also believe students will experience increased academic performance with additional sleep.

However, teachers have expressed concern that a later first bell would mean there would be no time to meet with students after school. Critics also fear after school activities and sports would be adversely impacted.

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

May 19 at Hayfield Secondary School

May 20 at Langley High School

May 27 at South Lakes High School

May 28 at Madison High School

June 7 at Poe Middle School *

June 9 at South County High School

June 10 at West Springfield High School

June 11 at Centreville High School

* Meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

More on the proposals can be found at SleepInFairfax.org.

WNEW’s Jim MacKay contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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