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Orange County to discuss later start times for high schools

Later starts linked to better school performance

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – School leaders in Orange County will take up a plan that could have thousands of local high school students starting their day later.

Right now, most high schools in the county start around 7:30 a.m. However, school board chairman Bill Sublette wants to talk about pushing the start time back.

The discussion comes after studies have shown that later start times give students more time to sleep, which leads to a better performance in class.

The workshop is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, parents and students have gotten their first look at plans to switch thousands of Orange County students to new schools.

The district unveiled new zoning maps Monday night for three new K-8 schools set to open over the next few years.

Nearly 3,000 students will be moved to fill those schools.

More meetings over the proposed maps are set for the next few weeks.