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New Law Mandates Later School Start Time – Kids Need More Sleep

The new law is not without some opposition.

A new law requiring middle schools to begin classes no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. will take effect over a phase-in period. 

Elementary schools are not affected.

According to KCRA 3, “The medical community argued that teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep with homework, after-school sports and jobs, and that later start times would allow them to get more rest and function better in classrooms.”

Those who support the bill say the later start times can improve grades, behavior and emotional health. Those opposing the bill argue it will make it more difficult for parents to balance their work and their child’s school schedules. 

The new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom does not apply to optional classes, referred to as “zero period,” or schools in some of California’s rural districts. 

Public schools will have to comply by July 1, 2022.

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