July 2020 Newsletter 
Volume 9, Issue 7
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News from Start School Later

Healthy Hours In (and Out of) School

What "going to school" will mean this fall is still unclear. But our work to help children and communities continues regardless. And it's paying off as more districts vote to move toward sleep-friendly hours. Find out more, and check out the latest research news and resources below.

In the meantime, I remain deeply grateful for all you do to support safe, healthy, and equitable school schedules. Please stay safe.

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Start School Later

More Districts Vote to Delay School Start Times

Even with online or no classes, school boards across the nation are delaying classes based on the sleep needs of students. Here are just a few that have come to our attention in just the past couple of months:

Brookfield, CT
Carmel, IN
Northborough/Southborough, MA (with support from the local Start School Later chapter)
Milford, OH
Tecumseh Schools, New Carlisle, OH 
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In Memoriam: Sleep Hero
Dr. William C. Dement

“Sending kids to school at 7 a.m. is the equivalent of sending an adult to work at 4 in the morning[.] It’s almost abusive to them.”
— William Dement, M.D., Sc.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Division Chief, Stanford University Division of Sleep. 

All of us at Start School Later are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. William Dement, a "founder of sleep medicine," influential teacher, and passionate advocate for healthy sleep and sleep-friendly school schedules.
Research News
AASA Editorial: Does Start Time Matter?
This study, published in the summer edition of the AASA Journal, concluded that delaying school start times even a small amount had a positive impact on achievement, attendance, and graduation rates. The authors also make suggestions to address logistical, practical, and political aspects behind the healthy alignment of school start times and the internal clocks of teenagers.
Later school start times in a flexible system improve teenage sleep
This study's findings confirm that teen sleep improves when school starts later in the day, suggesting that if schools cannot ensure healthy hours for all students, a flexible schedule may provide some relief.

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