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Fairfax Co. Parents Ask for Later School Start Times

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    There's a new push to let some students in Virginia sleep in a little longer.

    There are 25 high schools in Fairfax County.  School starts at 7:20 a.m., forcing some students to leave the house as early as 5:45 a.m. to catch the bus.

    There are several proposals focusing on pushing back the start time between 30 and 45 minutes.

    About 2,000 parents responded online to a call to the community for ideas about the way students should be educated in the future. The majority of them said they would back a later starting time.

    The theory is that more sleep for students could translate into better overall performance.

    In 2009, a survey found that  63 percent of parents, 72 percent of staff members and 70.7 percent of students opposed substantially changing start times, according to schools spokesman Paul Regnier.