La nouvelle loi californienne interdit aux écoles de commencer avant 8h

La nouvelle loi californienne interdit aux écoles de commencer avant 8h

octobre 23, 2019 0 Par admin

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Education Science

California’s New Law Bans Schools From Starting Before 8am (qz.com)

Posted by BeauHD from the dream-on dept.

California governor Gavin Newsom

signed

a new law on Sunday

preventing schools in the state from starting classes before 8am

. Quartz reports:

The law bars middle schools from starting before 8am, while high schools must wait till 8:30am to begin classes. This means that about half of California schools will need to delay their opening bell by 30 minutes or less, according to a legislative analysis (pdf), while one-quarter will need to wait an additional 31 to 60 minutes to get going. Schools have until July 1, 2022 to comply with the rule, or whenever their three-year collective bargaining agreements with employees expire — whichever comes later. Some rural schools are exempt from the law, and the new start times do not apply to optional « zero period » classes.

The move makes California the first U.S. state to heed the call of health advocates who argue that early school start times are forcing adolescents to operate in a state of perpetual sleep deprivation. The American Academy of Pediatrics, which backed the bill, said in 2014 policy statement that getting too little sleep puts teenagers’ physical and mental health at risk, as well as their academic performance. The organization cited research that shows that biological changes in puberty make it difficult for the average teenager to fall asleep before 11pm, and that teenagers need between 8.5 and 9.5 hours of sleep to function at their best. It recommended that schools adjust their schedules rather than compel students to go against their natural sleep rhythms.

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