November 2020 Newsletter 
Volume 9, Issue 11
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News from Start School Later

Sleep, Safety, and School Start Times

Dear Friends of Start School Later,

As we enter the 11th month of this long and challenging year, it helps to feel we still have the power to make change. This first week is the National Sleep Foundation's Drowsy Driver Prevention Week, something we at SSL happily support. Safe driving goes hand in hand with later school start times.

As always, too, we're delighted to share info to help your efforts to ensure safe, healthy, equitable school hours--including new and exciting resources from our growing Let's Sleep! initiative. Scroll down for details. 

All best wishes, and thanks for your continued support,

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Start School Later
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is Nov. 1-8, 2020

FACT: Communities with later morning high school start times have lower rates of teen car crashes.
FACT: Districts that move later see decreases in car crashes.
FACT: Safe & healthy school hours are a key part of preventing drowsy driving

Let's Sleep! Practice advice for teens to sleep and live better

Sleep and Safety Video

In honor of the NSF's Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, check out (and share) this video, just one of many available on our Let's Sleep! website (scroll down on the home page to find more).
Researchers: Mark Your Calendars
California Research Summit Jan. 22-23 2021
Start School Later (SSL) is proud to join Harvard Medical School, the World Sleep Society, the Sleep Research Society and other health organizations in endorsing this upcoming online summit hosted by Stanford University School of Medicine with funding from the National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Deep interest in sleep and school start times by academics from many disciplines--including sleep and circadian biology, neuroscience, education, medicine, mental health, safety, public policy, economics, implementation science, and diversity science--inspired this summit following California's passage of landmark "start school later" law in 2019. Co-sponsored by SSL and the California PTA, this legislation (SB328) prevents most CA public middle and high schools in the state from requiring middle school attendance before 8 a.m. and high school attendance before 8:30 the 2022 school year. 

For more information on the research summit, CLICK HERE.
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Quote of the Month
"...[T]eens who are sleep deprived are significantly more likely to suffer from depression. In 2018, only 55 percent of teens said they usually slept seven or more hours a night. During the pandemic, this jumped to 84 percent among those for whom school was still in session. With teens going to school online during the pandemic, they were likely able to sleep later in the morning than usual."
-- Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic, October 13, 2020
Student Hall of Fame
Congrats to Sammy Ryan, an AP English student at Marshfield High School in MA, just named to the Start School Later Student Hall of Fame. Ryan wrote a compelling, well-researched, and thoughtful editorial for The Patriot Ledger arguing that starting high school later would improve teens' health.

How to Sleep

How to Sleep by Rafael Pelayo, MD
You can now pre-order a hardcover or Kindle version of How to Sleep, by SSL Board Member Rafael Pelayo, MD.

In addition to serving on our Board, Dr. Pelayo is a Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine in Stanford, CA
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