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Advocacy Alert

California State PTA is proud to co-sponsor SB 328 (Portantino), which would 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 – in order to help students succeed. We need your help to get SB 328 passed in the California Senate!

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.

“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.

“Studies have shown that delaying early school start times is one key factor that can help adolescents get the sleep they need to grow and learn.”

We now have to reach EVERY senator and let them know this is a very important issue for parents.

Take action, and urge your senator to support SB 328.

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