March 2020 Newsletter 
Volume 9, Issue 3
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News from Start School Later

Winds of Change

Start School Later is in the wind everywhere these days, from new legislation, new publicity, new chapters, new research, and new resources.

Find out more in this month's newsletter.

In this Issue:

Inforrmation is power....
After years of requests by Start School Later, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a new Data Point report describing the average start time for public high schools in the United States.
Legislation News
Sleep education -- a chance to make a difference!

In October the state of California passed a historic law mandating sleep-friendly school start times for adolescents.

With your help we can make sure communities get the most out of this unprecedented opportunity for healthy sleep--plus create resources adapatable for other communities making similar changes.

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Every donation, large or small, will make go to improving children's sleep, health, and happiness--and matched dollar for dollar up to $200,000. 
We've gone International (again)!
Welcome to Start School Later Brazil
With the addition of  Start School Later Brazil, Start School Later now has 134 volunteer-led chapters in 3 countries, 30 US states and Washington D.C. working for developmentally appropriate school start times in their communities.

CLICK HERE to find out more about how to start or join one of your own.
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Feature in Education Week
Education Week recently featured the Start School Later Movement in a cover story. The story noted: "“The push is finding its way—slowly—into state policy. The biggest legislative victory for advocates of a later school start time came last year in California, which now requires all high schools to start at 8:30 a.m. or later....”
Research News

How Sleep Helps Teens Handle Discrimination and Other Forms of Social Stress

Yijie Wang of Michigan State University

A new Michigan State University study published in Child Development found that adequate sleep improved students' abilities to cope with discrimination and challenges associated with ethnic or racial bias, as well as solve problems more effectively and seek peer support when faced with hardships.

More Evidence Linking Later Start Times to Road Safety

This Harvard-led study of students in Fairfax County, Virginia, found a significant drop in car crashes involving teenagers after the high schools changed start times from 7:20 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.
Quote of the Month
“Accidental injuries including motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of deaths of adolescents in the U.S., and anything we can do to mitigate that risk should be considered.”
                                        -- Dr. Judith Owens, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of sleep medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine press release,

Shareable Postcards and Memes

You are welcome to print and mail, or to upload and share, the memes and postcards about healthy sleep and school start times on our website (for non-downloadable resources, just right click and save image).
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