While there are some early risers out there, quite often as kids get older they find getting up early to be more difficult; and there is some science to back that up. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a study which recognized insufficient sleep in adolescents as an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of middle and high school students. They stated that school start times before 8:30 would have negative effects on the students.
That’s where we come to California Senate Bill No. 328. This bill would require the school day for middle schools and high schools, including those operated as charter schools, to begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.
The bill wasn’t well accepted by everyone, in fact the California Teachers Association, one of the largest and most powerful teacher’s unions in the state, strongly opposed the bill, saying that “Local leaders, with this input, are best prepared to make these decisions that will best meet the needs of the students,” on its website. But despite their opposition the bill has been passed and signed by the Governor. Leaving schools in the state until July 1, 2022, or the date on which a school district’s or charter school’s respective collective bargaining agreement that is operative on January 1, 2020, expires, whichever is later, to comply.
Locally, the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board has determined bell-time to begin at 8:45 a.m. as per their website. While Grand Erie District School Board seems to have left it to the individual schools to determine start times.