Later Start Time at LHS

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In 2019 Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California, made restrictions on the time middle and high schools in California could begin. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, “teenagers aged 13-18 should sleep about 8-10 hours per 24 hours.” Since melatonin in the average teenager has been studied to typically kick in at 1 am, teenagers are not getting enough sleep for school. This is why Gavin Newsom wanted to push the time high schools start a bit further out in the day to 8:30 AM. However, even a start time at 8:30 AM wouldn’t be late enough for teens to get a good night’s rest.

LHS will be implementing these rules next school year, starting at 8:30 AM. However, the school day will also end 30 minutes later as well. There have been some mixed feelings about the later start time. Some are concerned that it could mess with their after school activities or work schedule. Other students are happy that they will be able to sleep longer and feel more awake during the school day. 

Sleep is incredibly important for a student’s mental health and well being. According to the CDC, “Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior.” This new law could also improve the overall attitude and behavior of the students in class as well.