About the Board Board Meetings Policies & Protocols Archives
Office of the Superintendent About the District Mission Statement Our Schools Departments Map & Directions Business Services Human Resources & Administrative Services Student Services Special Education Instructional Services Student Nutrition Services
General Information Registration Packet Material 2016-2017 504 Accountability Plans Athletics Black Parents Association College and Career Planning Common Core English Learner Development Gate Parents Graduation Requirements News, Events and Resources for Parents & Students Restorative Justice Program Safety & Well-Being Resource Guide Special Education Student Assessment and Testing Student Health Student Nutrition Services Student Voice and Newspapers Summer School Title IX: Legal Protection Against Harassment Later Start Time Exploration
Assessment Field Trips Curriculum Services Professional Development Technology Support Teacher Resources Coaches Forms
Community Community Events of Interest D-Tech Exploration of Employee Housing New District Office Coming in 18/19 Rental of Facilities Stadium Hours Stadium Lights

Later Start Time Exploration

Later Start Time Exploration

iStock  Student Tired at SchoolWhy a Later Start is Good for Your Student

The research is in. Teens need more sleep. More sleep equates to improved mental health and improved academic performance. Schools and districts across the country are looking at the research from organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, and are doing the right thing – starting school a bit later so teens can catch a few extra zzzzs.

The Science

Why? Teens’ circadian rhythms – biological sleep cycles – are different than those of adults. Teens go to bed later and wake later. I think that the SMUHSD should join the growing number of districts who are looking at the science and saying, “Yes, let’s figure out how to start school a bit later so kids can get a little extra sleep.”


American Medical Association

American Psychological Association

American Academy of Pediatrics
Center for Disease Control
Mayo Clinic
National Sleep Foundation


Efforts by Neighboring Schools and Districts

Schools like Carlmont High and Half Moon Bay High School have moved start times later. Davis Unified starts middle school later and is moving high schools to a later start for the 17/18 school year. Districts and schools interested in moving to a later start time all have similar challenges to address – concerns about traffic and commute times, labor agreements that are not in alignment with a later start, activities and sports that will end later.

Other districts have found solutions to these challenges and we can too if we all work towards the common goal of giving our teens more of that they need – sleep.


Surveys for Students, Families and Staff

In February and March of 2017, students, families, and staff provided their thoughts on the topic of a later start time via a survey. 

Later Start Time Survey (Students)

Later Start Time Survey (Families)

Later Start Time Survey (Staff)

Encuesta sobre el retraso de la hora de inicio de clases (alumnos) en 2017

Encuesta sobre el retraso de la hora de inicio de clases (familias) en 2017

Later Start in the News

iStock image teen sleeping on computer