Start School Later's multi-level approach to the school start time issue is already getting results
Results Speaking for Themselves
"At a national, community-organizing level, a petition was brought to Congress during the 2012 National Sleep Awareness Week arguing that US public schools should not start before 8 a.m. Start School Later is a group of health professionals, educators, and researchers committed to raising public awareness about ensuring health and safety through proper sleep and school hours. Their mission is to advocate for what the data clearly show about the benefits of later start times, and one of the goals is to support school communities striving to implement these changes." - Wolfson and Johnson, "Sleep and School Start Times," in Shelden et al. Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. 2nd Ed. New York: Saunders, 2014, p. 393.
"As a neuroscientist specializing in the neural bases of resiliency, i would be hard pressed to think of a universal prevention campaign with more bang for each buck. Kudos!!!!" - Ruben Baler, Health Sciences Administrator, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Washington DC.
"Been a supporter of Start School Later from day one, and it is Amazing what GREAT WORK your organization has done, and How Very Far Reaching. Congratulations in being the Change Catalysts! Kudos!!!" - Michelle Renee Monique
"...thank you for your powerful advocacy on a critical issue impacting students around the country! " - Megan O. McLaughlin, School Board Member, Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools
"I want to thank you for all the work you do with SSL....In the past I was spending hours re-inventing the wheel gathering the research....the research is here! SSL does a wonderful job keeping the resources and citations." - Gail Karafin, Ed.D. School Psychologist, Bensalem Township (PA) School District
"I very much appreciate all you do to educate people around the country on this important health issue, and see that your group�s work is spreading rapidly. Kudos to you!" - Sandy Evans, School Board Member, Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools
"As an AP Language student we have one year-long project referred to as the CRAVE project. Your project is supposed to be on a problem in your community and how you believe you can help a make a change. My project is on student stresses, I am touching on work overload, drowsy driving, and my solution would be a later start-time for Anchorage School District schools. When I found your program I was thrilled, thank you for providing this information." - Lydia Steele, South Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK
"Thank you so much for getting back to me. You do a fabulous job with Start School Later -- thank you so much for all of your hard work on this. The website is a tremendous resource!" - Amy Norr
"As the person tasked with chairing the school district committee to look at school start times, I found your site incredibly helpful as I plan for our committee work. Thank you for your efforts. -- Carson City, Nevada teacher
Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS):
"Happy to report that our school district voted unanimously against the condensed schedule which included earlier start times. I'd like to think that all the evidence from your website along with proof of so many states following [suit] helped sway them."
"This site from Start School Later, a group advocating for “health, safety and equity in education,” provides good, if somewhat one-sided, information on the topic. If you’re unfamiliar, start with Research & Info, which provides links to a number of informative sites about adolescent sleep needs and the impact of early school start times. Success Stories takes readers to schools around the country that have experimented with, and benefited from, later start times. If you’re inspired, you can also Get Involved. Whatever your position on the issue, this is an informative and interesting site." - THE SCOUT REPORT Sept. 19, 2014
"The Lloyd Society, Inc. finds the work of Start School Later, Inc. to be of great value for the benefit of marginalized teens across the United States. Thank you for your work to highlight the far-reaching impact of sleep deprivation as a health issue with serious equity considerations."
"This group is largely responsible for the successful outcome. I am VERY happy for our teenagers!!"
"Humans spend the first 18 plus years establishing and normalizing the rhythms of sleep. It's not something that can be forced by setting unrealistic schedules that run counter to the circadian rhythms of children. Having children start school too early leaves them sleep deprived and raises the risk for learning difficulties and accidents."
League of Women Voters of Connecticut credits Start School Later with revitalizing activism efforts around the country - May 2012
York County, VA Board of Education Member
I am a School Bd member in York County, VA trying to raise the issue of later start time. The information on your website has been great! So appreciative of your work! ...
We will be discussing later school start time surveys at our meeting tonight, but our superintendent is leaving to work for Loudon Co, VA so this may cause a delay.
Again, thank you for this valuable website! - Cindy Kirschke, Board of Education Member, York County, VA
American Academy of Pediatrics, Wisconsin Chapter
Cites Start School Later website and work of its Executive Staff as resources for its position statement recommending later school start times