In some communities, it may be appropriate to approach your child's school and ask about reconsidering the school start time. Talk to school committee members, administrators at all levels and other parents to measure support. Know that change of this kind is a very emotional issue for some people - more than you think! To achieve a school start time adjustment for older kids might require a change for the younger kids in your community, too, so you need to be prepared for many discussions, education, and, eventually, buy-in. It might be a hard path, but the greater benefits for all the teens in your community could really be worth it; there are many web resources and experts available to consult on the topic.
Eventually all our kids will move through this adolescent sleep change into adult sleep patterns. With any luck and some careful consideration, we'll get our kids through it with good health and good sleep habits.
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