The Case for Delaying High School Start Times

Last week, Dr. Conti and Principal Sullivan had the opportunity to attend a regional workshop on the importance of starting high schools later. One presenter on the topic was Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s’ Hospital. Dr. Owens was kind enough to share this presentation so that we could post it here for members of our school community to see.

We encourage you to take the time to review all of the slides, but if you are in a rush then please just skip ahead to slide 25 and look at the health and safety benefits that our students would enjoy with the move to later start times.

Research On Later School Start Times

Check below for a variety of research and news articles on Later School Start Times for teenagers.

Statements from Medical Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on School Start Times for Adolescents

AMA Supports Delayed School Start Times to Improve Adolescent Wellness

From the National Sleep Foundation

Teens and Sleep

School Start Time and Sleep

Backgrounder: Later School Start Times

Eight Major Obstacles to Delaying School Start Times

General Advocacy Tips for Changing School Start Times

Research from the University of Minnesota

Students’ grades and health improve with later high school start times (March 2014)

Changing Times: Findings from the First Longitudinal Study of Later High School Start Times (December 2002)