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Daylight Saving downside for kids?

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We may all be enjoying the extra hour of daylight we have now since we sprang forward over the weekend, but there could be a downside for kids.

Some say daylight saving time can mean less sleep for students.

It's the first Monday after daylight saving time and for students like 9-year-old  Leah Hamblin it's going to be darker longer for their morning pickup at the bus stop.

 "Well usually I'm used to it being like light outside and pretty in the morning, but now the time is changed and so it's a little confusing cause it's dark and it's just freaky," said Hamblin.

Third grade teacher Tracy Nichols says in her fourteen years of teaching, this time of year disrupts the sleep of some of her students the most.

"I have several that are late when they come in or I have several who are not here today at all so I don't know if they're still home sleeping and trying to adjust to the schedule in that way, but yes we definitely do see a change after daylight savings time," said Nichols.

Nichols says there is a milestone for those counting down to those brighter days.

"I  think it's just a change that they have to get used to, but I think a few of my students mention that they like it because they get to spend more time with buddies in the afternoon," said Nichols.

"You know we will give it about a week or so and it will probably get in my system and um so that yeah," said Hamblin.

 Some other things to think about as you send your kids off to school, make sure they wear light or reflective clothing as they head to the bus stop.

Also once at the bus stop make sure they stand several feet away from the road until the bus arrives.


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