November 2018 Newsletter 
Volume 7, Issue 11
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News from Start School Later

Getting it Done

Our October 16th workshop in Hartford, CT highlighted what can happen when a diverse group of stakeholders work together for a common goal. Find out more - and get other news and resources - below.
Over a hundred school leaders and advocates gathered for our Oct. 16 workshop at Connecticut's Trinity College to discuss starting school later and strategies for handling bus routes, athletics, and other potential implementation challenges. What an amazing, energizing day--and evidence that this change CAN be done, and more and more districts want to do it.

This workshop was made possible with the generous support of our Featured Sponsor, School Bus Consultants, with the help of the New England School Developmental Council (NESDEC), and Trinity College.

Less Sleep, Less Safe

Dose-Dependent Link Between Sleep and Unsafe Teen Behavior

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics found that getting under 8 hours of sleep per night increased the odds of risk-taking while driving, using alcohol and other drugs, unsafe sexual activity, aggressive behaviors. and, especially, depression and self-harm in teenagers.

Commenting on the study for Medscape, Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, professor of neurology and director of the University of Washington Medicine's Sleep Clinic, and past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, said it's "further evidence of the importance of sleep to adolescent health and well-being and academic performance."

Welcome to Our Newest Chapters

Start School Later Now has 119 Chapters in 31 States

We are delighted to welcome our newest chapters (and two new states: Louisiana and Idaho):

To join or start a chapter, CLICK HERE.
Join Us!
For just $25/yr, Start School Later members help our nonprofit continue working for safe, healthy school hours but get access to case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and our research database - plus selected discounts on workshops and educational materials.
Quote of the Month
"Clinicians and others need to 'wake up and pay attention' to this issue and be part of a 'boots on the ground' lobby for middle school and high school schedules 'that align with adolescent circadian physiology,'"
                                        —Nathaniel F. Watson, Medscape
Why We Must - and Can - Restore Safe and Healthy School Hours

Why Change?

Here's a quick summary of why healthy school start times matter to everyone - whether or not you have teens, teach teens, or even know teens!
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