As schools in San Diego County remain open for the fall semester, there is a new state law that requires middle schools in the state to start no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The Late Onset Act aims to help young people find more natural sleep patterns that help with brain development. Research shows that extra sleep leads to better student performance and better physical health.
“During this time of human development, middle and high school students fall asleep later in the night. And their internal biological clock also tells them to get up a little later in the morning. Therefore, by delaying the start of school, we allow students to get between 30 minutes and 1 hour of extra sleep,” said Sachin Panda, professor at the Salk Institute and author of The Circadian Code.
Panda took part in Tuesday’s lunchtime edition to talk about research that has helped middle and high schools across California with after-school tee times.
“This sleep improvement also leads to fewer car accidents in the morning. And more importantly, it improves classroom attendance and graduation rates. And these results have been seen in several studies in the US and other countries,” he said. ,
One consequence of the change is that after school activities began later in the day, the schedule of students participating in after-school sports and other extracurricular activities was complicated.
Bill Walsh said: “I’ve heard that on weekends and breaks like this coaches are looking for other opportunities where we can involve the kids and work with them and make sure they’re in competitions like this. are ready.” Principal of Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista.