Position Statements and Resolutions on Sleep and School Start Times
Educational and Civic Organizations
Education Commission of the States. Later School Start Times in Adolescence: Time for Change May 2014.
Seattle Education Association. Resolution urging Seattle public schools to start high schools at 8:30 a.m. or later. February 10, 2014.
Parents Advocacy Network (PAN). Resolution to recommend that county schools eliminate mandatory classes before 8:00 a.m. Anne Arundel County, MD. September 27, 2012
Washington State Parent Teacher Association. Alignment of Sleep Requirement for Optimum Health with School Start Times. May 5, 2012.
The Seattle Council of Parent, Teacher and Student Associations.
Fairfax County, VA. RESOLUTION ON THE GOAL OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
TO START HIGH SCHOOLS AFTER 8 A.M. AND TO DIRECT THE SUPERINTENDENT TO IDENTIFY AND REPORT ON SCHOOL DIVISIONS WITH LATER STARTING HIGH SCHOOLS. 2012.
National Education Association. Resolution C-3 (Adequate Rest) supports school schedules that follow research-based recommendations regarding the sleep patterns of age groups.
Townhall II (Kent, OH). Letter of Support. December 1, 2010.
The League of Women Voters of New Canaan, CT. Sleep and Adolescent Health Position Statement. June 1, 2006.
Virginia Parent Teacher Association. Resolution on the Impact of School Start Time on Student Health. 2006.
American Academy of Pediatrics. Recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for the sake of sleep, health, and learning. August 25, 2014.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Florida Chapter. Position Statement: Start Schools After 8:00 a.m. January 9, 2012.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Chapter. Supports later school start times for all Virginia high schools. February 2013.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Wisconsin Chapter. Siupports efforts to delay high school start times to 8:00 am or later. August 2013.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Backs American Academy of Pediatrics call to start middle and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m. September 2, 2014.
Bridgeway Center, Inc. Supports later start times for high schools students in Okaloosa County, FL. September 20, 2014.
Florida High School Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Supports the 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that middle and high schools should not start the school day before 8:30 a.m.
Florida Medical Association. Supports legislation and endorses all public schools (elementary to high school) begin class at 8:00 am or later. 2012.
Healthy People 2020. Sleep Health Objective. September 13, 2012.
Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County (OH). Letter of Support. December 12, 2011.
MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. Resolution on reforming school schedules. September 12, 1998.
Minnesota Medical Association. Sleep Deprivation in Adolescents Educational Campaign (Clause 110.03). First adopted in 1993 following submission by the Minnesota Psychiatric Society and retained at every session since then, this first position statement on school start times "urges local school districts to eliminate early starting hours of school for teenagers.
NASW Ohio Chapter. Endorses the evidence-based recommendations that school start times for adolescents occur after 8:30am. August 25, 2014.
National Sleep Foundation. Backgrounder: Later School Start Times.
Seattle School Nurses Association passed a resolution calling for secondary schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. January 2014.
Government Agencies and Officials
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Department of Education. August 19, 2013. Tweet: @arneduncan 6:41 pm
"Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later"
Okaloosa County (FL) Sheriff's Office. Early School Start Times. August 21, 2013.
Kent (OH) Police Department. Healthier and Safer School Start Times in Kent. August 19, 2013.
Portage County (OH) Board of Commissioners. Letter of Support. February 10, 2011.