Welcome to Start School Later Maine!
- In 2014 The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that high schools and middle schools should start no earlier than 8:30am.
- But the majority of Maine schools start in the 7:00 o'clock hour.
- In August of 2015, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention released disturbing findings: Nationally 2 out of 3 high school students fail to get sufficient sleep.
- No Maine High School Starts at the recommended 8:30 am or later time
The healthy, safety, and equity benefits to starting middle and high school at times more in sync with the sleep needs of students are irrefutable. Benefits include:
When local school districts are not provided with positive direction to pursue healthy school start times, competing interests take center stage and the health and safety of our school children and their families continue to be sacrificed.
We can no longer afford to ignore the massive amounts of research that identify early school start times as a health and safety issue.
Contact the Education & Cultural Affairs Committee to have them re-introduce this bill.
Update on legislation
Last Spring, the Maine Legislature explored a bill that would address one of the most fixable public health issues facing our children: chronic sleep deprivation.
A public hearing for LD 711 "An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools" was held and received overwhelming support from parents, teachers and students.
Since that initial discussion, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a survey finding Maine is one of the earlier start times in the state.
More legislator contact info:
Maine is home to three chapters of Start School Later, Inc.:Each chapter is committed to advocating locally for safer, healthier school start times locally, within the state of Maine and across the nation. If you are interested in starting a chapter in your school district, county or borough, fill out our "Contact Us" form on this page.