Because of changes in the sleep cycle that occur during puberty, health experts recommend that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The bill, introduced by Senator Anthony Portantino, is co-sponsored by the nonprofit Start School Later and the California State PTA and has widespread support from a host of health, safety, and education groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics California, the California Medical Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the California Psychiatric Association, the National Sleep Foundation, and myriad hospitals and universities.
“This consensus letter confirms that setting reasonable limits on morning school schedules rests on an unprecedentedly strong evidence base. The time has come to turn this science into policy before we subject yet another generation of children to unsafe, unhealthy hours,” notes Dr. Terra Ziporyn Snider, Executive Director of Start School Later. “The eyes of the nation are on this landmark piece of legislation.”
Start School Later is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity. Visit their website at www.startschoollater.net.
The consensus letter can be viewed at https://www.startschoollater.net/uploads/9/7/9/6/9796500/consensus_letter_for_research_health_medical_experts_sb328_090919.pdf