Too-early school start times are a health concern with consequences impacting children, families, and our community. Besides forcing many children to wake and drive to school in pre-dawn darkness, these hours are creating a generation deprived of the sleep that growing brains and bodies require.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control, all recommend that middle and high schools should start no earlier than 8:30AM as a practical and necessary solution with broad and immediate benefits. This is an invitation to educators, health professionals, patrons, students, and public officials to work together for safe, healthy communities.
AAP Policy Statement - School Start Times for Adolescents (PDF)
What a Difference 1 Hour Can Make
Fewer tardies, absences, and drop-outs
Fewer sports injuries
Less caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol use
Lower stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide risk
Fewer car crashes
Reduced risk of obesity and diabetes
Higher test scores