Start School Later has nearly 90 chapters across the U.S.A., including a statewide California chapter led by Irena Keller
Many health organizations - including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers
Kids will get to operate on a “much more humane schedule,” one teacher says.
"Even just delaying school by half an hour will actually have a big impact on a teenager's ability to perform academically."
"More and more students treat high school like a job. They get up super early and stay up late. It's definitely not healthy."
Most Pennsylvania middle and high school students start class too early in the morning to get healthy sleep. This could change soon thanks to legislation just introduced by Representative Tim Briggs of Montgomery County, which directs the state department of education to study the relationship between teen sleep and school start times.
Deb Jung, a Howard County, MD attorney and a Start School Later chapter leader, is hopeful that this incentive program will
The bottom line is sleep enhances athletic performance and participation. Students need both. Sports are not a substitute for adequate sleep, and it's not in the best interest of students to power through fatigue.
Chalk up another victory for teen sleep. The winners this time are students at four districts in Southern Maine, whose school boards have just voted in tandem to delay bell times to give them a shot at getting the sleep they need.
Later, healthier, sleep-friendly school hours are a change whose time has come in Massachusetts. In the past month at least three districts have announced plans to delay the start of the school day to give students a chance for healthier sleep.
Essentially Seattle Public Schools has woken up to the real needs of the whole child. Teens need sleep. All students need multiple supports. The crisis is in the logistics and the funding, but if that stops us we're not doing our jobs.