Welcome to Start School Later Houston Area, TX!
Santa Fe High School starts school at 7:10 am. Teens need 9-10 hours of sleep. Students have a hard time going to sleep before their biological bedtime of 11pm which can result in sleep deprivation for teens. This can be exacerbated by staying up longer doing homework and being on electronic devices. Some consequences are: increases school-based violence, depression and suicidal ideation.
Houston ISD has standardized their bell schedules for the 2018-19 academic year. Middle and high schools will start at 8:30 am. http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2018/01/10/hisd-to-standardize-school-start-times-for-the-2018-19-school-year/. The rest of the Houston area has the largest cluster of early daily high school start times in the state. SSL Texas is advocating for healthy schools for middle and high schools in this area. Click here for a list of Houston area high school start times.
Houston Area Chapter Leader, Yen Rabe's comments to the Brazoria County Commissioner's Court about enforcement of teen curfews.
Clear Creek: Parent advocate group has formed. District setting up exploratory committee.
Goose Creek CISD will start high schools at 8:25 am for the 2018-2019 academic year. http://baytownsun.com/local/article_8a1487da-00a1-11e8-887a-ff6dbed956d2.html
Pasadena ISD has a Review Start Time Committee since January 2015. The district begins high school at 7:15 am.
SSL Houston Area Informational and Planning Meeting
Parker Williams Public Library,
10851 Scarsdale Blvd, Houston, TX 77089
11pm-1pm, the 4th Saturday of each month
Everyone is welcome! RSVP at 281-229-1409.
Cy-Fair ISD, like districts around the country, are experiencing driver shortages. Early school start times require irregular hours for drivers creating problems with getting their own children to school!
Yen Rabe, Houston Area Chapter Founder, July 2015
"Given the state of the data on how poor sleep affects adolescent development, to do nothing is really to do harm." Judith Owens, MD