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 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.
Greater Austin chapter leader, Alex Spencer's, prepared comments to the TX senate education committee, April 4, 2018.
SSL Texas researched high school start times of 977 school districts in Texas. The earliest school start time goes to Aldine ISD with a daily start time of 6:55 AM. Bus routes for this district begin at 5:15 AM! Here are Texas high school start times by the numbers:
Texas District High School Start Times Facts
Texas Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) 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.
The Houston area has the largest cluster of early daily high school start times in the state. Houston ISD standardized their bell schedules for the 2018-19 academic year. As a result of SSL Houston Area advocacy, all middle and high schools in the district will start at 8:30 am.
Houston ISD has already created a wave of change. Goose Creek Consolidated ISD has also approved healthy hours for 2018-19.
Cypress-Fairbanks 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!
Texas City ISD approves later high school start times for 2017-18 academic year, April 11, 2017.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch high schools return to healthy school hours for $0 cost.
DeSoto ISD acknowledges adolescent sleep needs of high school students and proposes later start time for 2017-18 Academic Year.