Welcome to Start School Later Texas!
After a long stint with our first Texas based chapter, Start School Later Arlington, TX, our long-time chapter leader and national Chapter Director, Debbie Moore, has established Start School Later Texas, the statewide chapter and our 80th chapter. Debbie is still committed to change at the local level in Arlington, but is also pursuing promoting awareness and change at the state level.
Texas is home to four more local chapters of Start School Later, Inc.:These chapters are committed to advocating locally for safer, healthier school start times. If you are interested in contacting Start School Later Texas, or starting a chapter in your city, county or school district, fill out our "Contact Us" form on this page.
SSL Texas, with assistance from a health researcher at the University of Texas, is documenting the high school start times of the 1000+ school districts in Texas. To date, the earliest high school start time goes to Aldine ISD with a daily start time of 7:00 AM. Bus routes for this district begin at 5:15 AM! Districts starting school before the recommended 8:30 AM are mandating sleep deprivation for adolescents.
Texas Student Health Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for Daily Class and Activity Start Times, November 2016.
Fort Worth Star Telegram editorial board supports healthy school start times for teens, March 2016.
Members of SSL Arlington and Houston join SSL Executive Director, Dr. Terra Ziporyn Snider at The University of Texas on January 27, 2017 for her ED Talk - "A Matter of Time: Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times".
DeSoto ISD Acknowledges Adolescent Sleep Needs of High School Students and Proposes Later Start Time for 2017-18 Academic Year.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch high schools return to healthy school hours for $0 cost.