New start times begin at Volusia County schools

Volusia County schools have a new schedule this year.

Elementary schools will start around the same time, 7:50 a.m. However, they will add an extra 30 minutes to their day to allow for state-mandated recess. 

Meanwhile, high schools will now begin class at 8:30 a.m., which is an hour later than last year. 

Middle schools now begin at 9:30 a.m., as some studies show that a later start time is better for student learning.

The idea behind these changes was to give younger students more time in school and high schoolers more time to sleep.

This story was written in Orlando, Florida.