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8:15 a.m. school bell? La Jolla Cluster debates later school start time

8:15 a.m. school bell? La Jolla Cluster debates later school start time

As the clock rolled back Nov. 5 to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time, millions of people relished in some extra sleep. Meanwhile — and for the last 10 years — the La Jolla Cluster Association has been talking about changing the start times for La Jolla public schools to provide teens that same restful feeling. Currently, Muirlands Middle School begins at 7:30 a.m., La Jolla High School at 7:25 a.m. The Bishop’s School implemented a later start time (8:15 a.m.) just this school year, and already considers it an “enormous” success.

While scientific research and political will are beginning to catch up in support of the idea, implementing a time change would require an overhaul to...

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