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March 8, 2014

Time change puts kids back in the dark

This weekend is the one for the time change. Daylight Saving Time goes into effect on Sunday at 2 a.m. and that means everyone will be moving their clocks forward one hour. For schools trying to get the most out of their school days that is going to mean a lot more time in the darkness for kids. Come Monday sunrise will hit the Washington area at 8:04 a.m.

“We have a lot of kids that already get on the school bus in the dark,” said Barr-Reeve School Superintendent Travis Madison. “This extra hour of darkness in the morning makes a difference for us. We make decisions on how the buses will be able to run under the conditions they are facing. When its dark we have to be a lot more careful about fog and icy conditions. That means we often have to delay for an hour or two when the conditions are not good.”

The time change was among the reasons Barr-Reeve decided not to go with extended days. “We didn’t want to have the kids out any earlier than we already do. I have even seen studies that kids don’t learn as well when they are in a classroom when it is dark out.”

North Daviess also will have kids catching buses in the dark. The school system is still beginning at regular time, but the time change will put many back in the dark along the rural roads. “It’s always better when it is light out, much safer for the kids,” said Superintendent Robert Bell.

Washington added time to the school day in the morning, but the buses were moved up only about five minutes. “We found that the kids were getting to school too early,” said Washington Superintendent Dan Roach. “Most of our change in the morning has been getting the staff in and ready for the students.”

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