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Vol 4 Issue 10
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Success and Thanksgiving. We invite you to join us as we celebrate a tremendous success in Seattle this week, and we ask that you consider donating to help support our continued work at the local, state, and national level. Your tax deductible gift to Start School Later is an investment in health, safety, education, and equity for students of all ages. We continue to do amazing things together, and we thank you!


Seattle Success! 

We are thrilled to announce that the Seattle Chapter of Start School Later is celebrating a victory! Seattle Public Schools Board voted six to one to adopt a new schedule for the 2016-17 school year moving start times of all high schools and all but one middle school to 8:45 a.m. Congratulations to Chapter Leader Cindy Jatul, SSL Advisory Board Member Catherine Darley, and their team: local teachers union, school nurses association, sleep specialists, pediatricians, students, and parents. More from Seattle Times 

Here's SSL Executive Director Terra Ziporyn Snider's press statement on the ground-breaking events of this past week in Seattle and why this was an important success story.

How You Can Help

If you are using Amazon to do your holiday shopping online, you can use our Amazon Smiles link to have proceeds go toward Start School Later.

You can also make tax-deductible donations to using the Donate Button at the top of this page, helping us as a 501(c)(3) organization to continue our efforts to ensure safe, healthy hours for all students.

Tuesday December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a national day of charitable giving. Watch their video here to learn about this global movement. Please consider supporting Start School Later for your year end giving.  

Your support allows us to continue to support local chapters, statewide initiatives and national programming to Start School Later.


Feb 2012: Start School Later Seattle presents a petition, a letter from sleep community to School Board, and provides public testimony.

Spring 2014: Task Force authorized by Board

Fall 2014: Task force begins

June 2015: Task Force reports to the Superintendent

October 2015: Superintendent's Recommendation to Board  

Nov 18, 2015 School Board approves later start for high school


"I also want to thank you for all the assistance and guidance you have provided.  The going has been hard, but having expertise, encouragement, and access to data made it possible for our local core to be much more effective than we would have been on our own."
- Cindy Jatul, Chapter Leader,
Start School Later Seattle

Congratulations to Start School Later Seattle on attaining this amazing milestone!

Call To Action: Take a few minutes 

A local petition is a powerful tool to bring together supporters and demonstrate the level of support for change. In fact, Start School Later began with a petition to the White House asking for legislation to ensure healthy school hours for all. Find a petition near you, sign our national petition, and share with your circle. 

About Start School Later, Inc.

Start School Later is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to ensure that all public schools can set hours compatible with health, safety, equity, and learning.

Visit for more information about joining or starting a local chapter or to get the facts about early school start times.  


The Power of Local Chapters 

With our newest addition, Start School Later Arlington, TN, we now have 49 chapters in 16 states. Benefits of forming a local chapter instead of going it alone include association with a nationally recognized nonprofit, access to presentation materials and educational materials, shared resources and strategies with other advocates across the country, an established media network, and alliances with national health and education researchers and professionals. CLICK HERE for more information.

Together we are a proven and successful collective voice for change. Find a chapter near you here.

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