Welcome to Start School Later Maryland!
Our Goal: Safe and healthy school start times for all public school students in Maryland
Maryland is home to the headquarters of Start School Later, Inc. The state has four chapters that are working in their local communities and together. Donations to Start School Later are tax-deductible and can be directed to a chapter of your choosing.
On April 26, 2016 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law House Bill 39 The Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours. The legislation encourages the state's school districts to pay attention to the science about the health and safety consequences of early school start times — and then work toward starting school later!
Read our press release with statements from all four Maryland SSL Chapters.
On May 15, 2014, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law House Bill 883 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Study of Safe and Healthy School Hours for Maryland Public School. This legislation was the first of its kind in the United States.
Read our press release.
The joint study between the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Maryland State Department of Education was published on December 22, 2014. It recommended that schools conduct feasibility studies to start school after 8 a.m. The report also noted: "The consequences of changing school start times are unavoidable, but they can be ameliorated with proper planning and preparation. Any consideration of a statewide mandate for a later school start time must consider the unique needs of each of the 24 local jurisdictions. However, in preserving the status quo where by school start times are a matter for each local jurisdiction, the state risks letting local resistance trump a strong body of scientific evidence that sleep is critical to health and academic achievement."
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