Take Action: Ask the Governor to support later start times for middle & high schools
Tue, Sep 24 4:24pm

California State PTA co-sponsored SB 328 (Portantino), for later school start times is now before Governor Newsom.

Please take a moment to ask our Governor to sign this bill to improve the health, safety and success our students throughout California.

Please ask the Governor-- in considering this legislation--to ask this one simple question: What is best for our students?

Based on recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control, SB 328 would require middle and high schools to start later in order to align school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents, whose sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty.

Please ask Governor Newsom to put the needs of our students first.






Background:

SB 328 (Portantino) will require that high schools in California start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. – and no earlier than 8 a.m. for middle schools.

Leading experts in scientific research, public health, medicine, sleep medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, and preventive medicine say:

“The level of research consensus on this matter is overwhelming, and it underscores the urgent need to protect California's adolescent children from the public health risk of developmentally inappropriate school start times.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

The research is clear that adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being overweight or suffering depression, are less likely to be involved in automobile accidents, and have better grades, higher standardized test scores and an overall better quality of life," said pediatrician Judith Owens, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement, "School Start Times for Adolescents, published in the September 2014 issue of Pediatrics.

Background research:
Let Them Sleep: AAP Recommends Delaying Start Times of Middle and High Schools to Combat Teen Sleep Deprivation