San Diego Unified School District

Later Start Times Beginning Next Fall

January 28, 2020
School Kids

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Earlier this year La Jolla High School, the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and Muirlands Middle School launched the start of San Diego Unified's Healthy Start Times.

Beginning in the next school year all high school students will start school from 8:35 to 9:05 a little later than what you were used to.

So why the later start time?

Back in February last year the Board of Education approved a resolution to implement Healthy Start Times for all district high schools based on extensive scientific research on teens and sleep. What they found was later start times increased student attendance, improved academic performance, and most importantly was healthier for the students.

Eight months later California Senate Bill 328 was signed into law. Under the new law high schools are banned from starting the day before 8:30 a.m. and middle schools before 8:00 a.m.

Not getting enough sleep in a child's adolescent years has been found to result in a wide variety of adverse outcomes from poor mental health and physical health to behavioral problems and lower grades.

A wide range of the nation's leading experts on adolescent health have substantiated the argument for later start times, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the National Association of School Nurses, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the NCAA Sport Science Institute. This information, and more, can be found  here: