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Researchers say elementary students need more sleep

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Students at Prodigy Leadership Academy participate in their last class discussion before school lets out for the day. Students at Prodigy Leadership Academy participate in their last class discussion before school lets out for the day.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Researchers at the University of Kentucky suggest elementary students perform worse in the classroom when they are required to be at school early in the morning.

According to the study, early school start times are associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance and lower performance in school.

Students at Prodigy Leadership Academy start school at 8 a.m.

Amy O' Rear's son is a third grader at Prodigy.

She said if her son started any later it would make getting him to school on time tougher.

"I think 8 a.m. is good especially for parents that have to have to work so we can get them dropped off," O' Rear said. "School usually opens at 7:30. So that is a good time to drop them off and get on to our job too."

Kindergarten through second grade teacher Danielle Ingram said sometimes it's difficult to keep the younger kids from yawning.

"I have a lot of kindergarten parents that come home telling me they fell asleep in the car on the way home," Ingram said.

However, Ingram said it's the teacher that determines student success, not a start time.

"I do lots of brain breaks so we may stop and we'll pick a popsicle stick and have them do 10 jumping jacks to get their blood flowing," Ingram said.

She said as a teacher it's her responsibility to make sure kids stay engaged from when they get there until the time they pack up and leave.

"If they aren't engaged and they're not excited to learn than I am not doing my job first of all," Ingram said. "They're also not retaining any of that information. So I try my best to make sure they are engaged.

The study suggests young kids need another hour of sleep before they head off to the classroom.

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