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.
A bill to abolish Daylight Saving Time in TX was submitted again this legislative session. by both the Texas house and senate.
The bills are HB 2400 by Rep. Isaac and SB 238 by Senator Menendez.
Why should we care about these bills? Because daylight saving time requires teens to travel to school before civil twilight more days of the year. In Arlington for example, where bus pick up begins at 6:30 AM, teens would travel to these bus stops 36% of the academic year before civil twilight if we eliminated daylight saving time. The combination of standard time and daylight saving time requires Arlington teens travel to bus stops 75% of the academic year before civil twilight.
ACTION: Write, email or call your state representative and senator and ask them to support and sponsor HB2400 or SB 238.
Look up your representatives here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
It only takes a couple of minutes to do this. If this bill is to get anywhere, your representatives need to hear from you.
Texas Student Health Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for Daily Class and Activity Start Times, November 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".
Fort Worth Star Telegram editorial board supports healthy school start times for teens, March 2016.
DeSoto ISD Acknowledges Adolescent Sleep Needs of High School Students and Proposes Later Start Time for 2017-18 Academic Year.
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, these districts are identified as mandating sleep deprivation for adolescents.