Too-early school start times are a national public health concern with consequences that impact children, families and the community at large. Not only does this leave students chronically sleep-deprived, but in many communities, children are walking and driving to school in pre-dawn darkness.
Restoring traditional school start times, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control, is a practical and necessary solution with broad and immediate benefits for children of all ages. This is a call to action for educators, health professionals, parents, students and public officials to work together for safe, healthy communities.
Why do we need healthy school hours? Terra Ziporyn Snider explains on HuffPost RISE.
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