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Prompted by Sleep Research, New Bill Proposed to Delay School Start Time

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Sophomore Kearstin Mattig falling asleep in class (Alyssa Brewer).

Sophomore Kearstin Mattig falling asleep in class (Alyssa Brewer).

Sophomore Kearstin Mattig falling asleep in class (Alyssa Brewer).

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New California bill proposed by Senator Portantino affirms that middle and high schools shall start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Portantino believes that students that are able to sleep in a little later will be both more successful and healthier.
Serrano High School starts classes at 7:00 a.m., which means students have to wake up at anywhere between 5-6 a.m., perhaps even earlier. For students that participate in any after school activities such as sports, clubs, performing arts, and even honors and AP classes that take up extra time, kids may not have the chance to go to sleep until late hours.
According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9 ¼ hours of sleep.” With Serrano’s schedule, the majority of students are only getting about anywhere from 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
Serrano’s new 90% attendance policy was introduced at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Any students under the 90% attendance mark were informed after the first quarter, there were about 300 students that were informed. For a good majority of these kids, starting school at a later time could significantly improve attendance.
Senior Ashley Bonk, a member of both the Medical Explorers program and Medical Assisting class, as well as a dedicated dancer at a local studio, said, “I don’t go to bed until 11 usually and I wake up at 6.” Ashley believes her attendance as well as her preparedness for school would improve if she was able to get a couple more hours of sleep at night.

Senator Portantino, the voice to start school later. Google images.

Although, not only the students with a lot of extra curriculars are being affected. Senior Brooklynne Reed does not participate in any after school activities and is still unable to make it to bed until at least 10 p.m. normally. Daily activities that students are responsible for such as work, going to the gym, family time, etc. interfere with sleep schedules as well.
Portantino states that the bill makes “a big statement to the education community that the State Senate Education Committee is using sound and definitive research to put the best interests of our students first. Every school district around the country from every demographic and socioeconomic level that has moved teenage school start time later has seen a measurable, positive result for student achievement and student public health.”
Student’s lack of sleep has been a concern of health professionals and sleep researchers since the early 1990s. Professional’s are concerned that sleep and school times are being acknowledged based off of school budget problems and not public health problems.
Many people may be against pushing the start time later because that would also mean pushing the release time. At Serrano school starts at 7:00 a.m. and gets out at 1:49 p.m., if school continues to remain in session for the same amount of time school will be released at the latest by 2:45. This will only push after school activities back an hour.
The data is clear “starting the school day later improves the quality of education, health and welfare of our children”, so Portantino says “let’s do it.”

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