Rise & Shine 30 Minutes Earlier at Cherry Hill Schools

Cherry Hill middle & high school students will be getting up earlier next school year

Students in one Camden County school district better set their alarm clocks to go off a little earlier.

The Cherry Hill School District ratified a new start time to the school day adding 30 minutes to the beginning of the school day for all students 6th grade and up. The extra time -- agreed upon in a deal with the teachers -- basically adds 14 extra days’ worth of extra time to the school year, according to the district.

“The additional time provides increased opportunities for student learning to ultimately impact student achievement,” said Superintendent Dr. Maureen Reusche in a statement.  “This agreement is just one more indication of the professionalism of our teachers and their commitment to student success.”

The reason for adding the extra time to the beginning of the day rather than the end is sports and other after-school activities.

“We were concerned about the impact on after-school activities, especially inter-scholastic sports at the high school level, if we added the time at the end of the day,” said the district in a statement.

Teens in the district will need to adjust to the earlier rise times by September.

Starting next school year the high school day will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while middle schoolers will have class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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