In 2019, California Governor Newsom, signed Senate Bill 328, which does not allow middle schools to start before 8 am, and does not allow high schools to start before 8:30 am. Schools have until July 1, 2022 to obey and apply the new schedule unless they are deemed rural.
Senate Bill 328 is predicated on research from the American Academy of Pediatrics which found that delayed school start times align more closely with the sleep-wake cycle of teenagers, leading to better overall health and school performance. Senate Bill 328 was not supported by the California Teachers Association, the California School Boards Association, and the Association of California School Administrators due to concerns of
local control and the complexity of school start times while balancing other aspects of education.
- School scheduling is a delicate balance of resource allocation which impacts not only students, but staff, families, local residents, businesses, commuters, etc.
- Adjustments such as this take a great deal of time and planning and should allow for representatives from each group of stakeholders a seat at the table, including marginalized families who are more likely to be impacted by such a change.
- While the Health and Wellness Committee formed several years ago did discuss the benefits of a Late Start Schedule, considerations and details of how to implement the change were not discussed in detail nor considered at a TK-12 level.
June - Sleep Science
July - State of Transportation
Student, Staff, and Parent/Guardian Comprehensive Survey
District-Wide Community Listening Opportunity
Individual Community and Stakeholder Listening Session
(i.e. Cachagua Community Park, Carmel Chamber of Commerce)
Aug - Instructional Minutes Overview
Sept - Staffing and Negotiation Implications
Oct - Scheduling Options for CHS
Nov - Athletics and Activities Implications
Individual School sites host evening open house to discuss start times and logistics
(CHS, CVHS, CMS, River, Tular, Cooper, CCDC)
Dec - Superintendent Recommendation
Follow up Presentations on Implementation
Outreach Efforts Depending on Direction of the Board