Welcome to Start School Later Minnesota!
At the Fall 2015 conference of the Minnesota Sleep Society, the board was asked to address school start times in Minnesota.
Julie Dahl, APRN, CNP, and MN Sleep Society board member, opted to launch the local chapter of Start School Later. Their mission was to connect with the expanding groups of people making strides to address the public health crisis involving teen sleep deprivation.
Research has shown the delaying school start times in order to better align with a teenager’s biological clock can substantially improve the overall health, academic and athletic performance, and safety of adolescents.
In the mid-to-late 1990’s, the school district in Edina, Minnesota switched their school start time from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. based on medical research regarding sleep deprivation in teens. However, many neighboring school districts still have high school and middle school start times that are earlier than the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC recommended start time of 8:30 a.m.
Minnesota is the sixth statewide chapter and the 25th chapter to be represented by Start School Later, Inc.
To get involved with the Minnesota chapter, please like their Facebook page or fill out the contact form on this page.
Check out MN Sleep Society's School Start Time Tool Kit.