The goal of the proposal is to move most middle and high schools to a later start time. As a result, elementary start times would need to move earlier in the morning, or in some cases later, to allow secondary schools an 8:30 a.m. start time while keeping school bus transportation costs to a minimum.
This change will better align with sleep research that shows health benefits for teenagers who start school later in the morning. Research has not shown drastic academic achievement for secondary students who start school later.
Additionally, there is little credible research to point to a benefit for elementary students and an earlier start time.
When secondary students receive fewer than 8 hours of sleep