On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill into law that mandates later start times at most public schools.
Under the new law, middle schools should not start before 8:00 a.m. and high schools before 8:30 a.m.
The new law gives a window of up to three years for districts and schools to shift their times. The law should be put into effect by the schools by July 1, 2022, or the date of expiry of the school’s three-year collective bargaining agreement with its employees, whichever is later.
The law is based on research showing that teens perform better when school starts later. As per the research, teenagers need eight to ten hours of sleep per night to be healthy and perform better.
Some medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the California Medical Association, supported the bill.