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NOVATO (KCBS) – Students in the Novato Unified School District will get to sleep in a bit next year, now that the district’s Board of Directors has approved later starting times at its schools.

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First period at Novato and San Marin High Schools is being pushed back to 8 a.m., five days a week.

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That’s a little over a half hour to 45 minutes later than when the kids have to be at their desks now.

Meanwhile, school days in Novato middle schools will start at 8:20 a.m. and elementary schools will start at 8:40 a.m.

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A survey showed most students, parents and teachers think later start times are a good idea. What sealed the deal was three doctors at a meeting this month, talking about the effects of early school start times on the brain and on behavior.