We respectfully petition Governor Chris Christie to pass Bill No. S2484, requiring the DOE to conduct a study on options and benefits of instituting later school start times in middle and high school.
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Chronic sleep deprivation is a real and serious issue among adolescents in New Jersey. Because politics, money, and other logistical issues inevitably keep most school systems from changing start times, we need statewide legislation for all public schools to make it easier for communities to do what's best for the safety, health, and learning of all children of every age when they set local schedules. This bill will help to show the benefits that starting school later can have on the overall well-being of the adolescents in New Jersey.
This bill has passed in the NJ Senate and Assembly with unanimous support.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (according to their policy statement released on August 25, 2014) recognizes insufficient sleep in adolescents as an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety of our nation's middle and high school students.
Studies have shown that teens who are sleep deprived are vulnerable to numerous negative consequences including poor grades, depression, poor relationships and poor judgement.
Most high schools in New Jersey start in the 7 o’clock hour. Considerable research confirms that these school start times are inconsistent with sleep needs of teenagers and young adults and are seriously undermining school performance as well as children's health and welfare. Experts recommend a start time of 8:30 am or later.
I represent a group of parents in New Jersey who support later school start times for teenagers. Learn more at the facebook page EB Parents for Healthy School Start Times or the website www.kfami5.wix.com/school-start-times
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