Schools in at least nineteen states to delay bell times this year
August 10, 2017
Schools in at least nineteen states are planning to ring the first bell later this fall according to the national non-profit organization Start School Later.
“Every year we see more and more schools delaying bell times to improve student sleep, health, and learning," says Start School Later's Executive Director Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD. "Not all of them will be starting middle and high schools at 8:30 or later, as health professionals recommend, but they are moving to schedules that are healthier and safer for many more students."
Snider expects progress to continue now that the National PTA has joined medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Society of Pediatric Nurses in calling for school hours that allow students to obtain healthier sleep.
Schools reportedly planning to start later in the morning for the 2017/2018 school year include, by state: