Students, staff start to build opinions on late-start Mondays

Jena Abels, Staff Writer

District 6 began August with a late start Monday schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. After a few months of experiencing the new schedule, it seems like everyone has an opinion about its impact at Greeley West. Staff and students are struggling to get used to this schedule, as seen with an unusual amount of tardies.  

On Mondays, students attend eight different class periods for just 40 minutes. Mondays fly by quickly to both staff and students because lessons are quicker and students are forced to learn in a short amount of time.

 Science teacher Mr. Ryan Pace said that there is one good thing about the late start.  “The best part on later Monday is the research on how teenagers’ brains are better later in the day,” Pace said. 

However, Pace is not a fan of 40 minute class periods.  The effectiveness of the time period is minimal, especially in science classes with labs,” Pace explained. “I can’t even do my arm wrestling tournaments because it’s so short.” 

Students have a different view for Mondays then teachers do. This should come as no surprise because a late start means less time at school.  Senior Jaelee Rice said, “Sleeping in is very nice, but being in a rush all day is exhausting.” 

Senior Bailey Schiller said, “What’s the point of starting 10 minutes before nine?  But I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have to get up at 7.

Finally, senior Logan Burke said,“ I like that I get to sleep in, but I hate how we have a shorter lunch.”