Since the first day of school, there has been one notable difference for MMHS students: a later school start time. With a fifty minute delay, bringing first bell from 7:30 to 8:20, Mashpee scholars and staff found themselves affected in multiple ways.
The change has been largely polarizing to students and faculty alike. Supporters of a later start time often highlight the benefits of teenagers receiving more sleep, including an improved academic performance and focus. Meanwhile, opposers point out the schedule disruptions caused by an hour’s delay, affecting daycare, sports, extracurriculars, and even jobs.