Change in Daylight Savings Time

By Kerri Lee

Students and teachers could be affected by the possible change in Daylight Savings Time next year.

The U.S Senate approved a bill last week that will make DST permanent starting in the fall of  2023. Making it permanent will end the twice-annual changing of clocks between Standard Time and DST.

Before the bill is signed by the President and put into action, it still has to go through the House of Representatives.

Permanently changing the time to DST  may cause issues for people who travel to school and work early in the morning. The sun will not rise until 8:30 AM which means it may be pitch black dark on the way to school or work.

A potential benefit from not changing the time will be more daylight in the evening. That could boost the demands of restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.

“I want it to be permanent because when I get off of work in the winter it’s already dark so I don’t have time to do anything fun,” said Kelsey Shelton, senior.

“I personally like waking up when it’s dark out, and I love when there’s still light out late at night,” said Caroline Moore, senior.

“I would love with all of my heart if it didn’t change anymore,” said Carrington Aaron, junior.

“I prefer Standard Time because I like the light to be in the morning. As a farmer, I like to be able to see my chickens when I feed them,” said Jai Holmes, senior.

The date of the vote has not been set yet.