Over the last decade or more, scientific research has demonstrated that adolescents have difficulty falling asleep sleep before about 11 p.m., and need as much as nine hours of sleep per night.
In response, the American Medical Association recommended in 2016 that secondary schools begin the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Some high schools that have changed to a later start time have reported initial improvements in both mental health and academic performance, although it is unclear at this time if that data is ongoing/sustained. Those sites have also had to address logistical issues to accomplish the change.
Here in California, Senate Bill 328, if passed, would require high school classes to start at 8:30 a.m. or later. CCUSD has initiated a survey to explore the idea of later start times at Culver City High School. This survey is a first step in gathering stakeholder input about this important issue.
To participate in the survey, please click on the link below.