The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Society of Pediatric Nurses Sound a Call for Later School Start Times

The National Association of School Nurses and the Society of Pediatric Nurses have now joined forces with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in a crucial policy recommendation: middle and high schools should align with teens’ biological sleep cycles by starting at 8:30 a.m. or later.

This move follows a tide of research that underscores just how pressing the issue of chronic sleep deprivation is for teenagers nationwide. Race to Nowhere applauds our country’s doctors and nurses for pointing out the compelling relationship between school schedules and student health.

We’ve heard it repeatedly from students, educators, and parents across the country: teens are exhausted. There are dozens of factors that contribute to teen sleep loss--too many extracurricular activities, too many hours of homework...

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Bring this information to your school. Post fliers, host meetings, and get the conversation started about how a later school start time might impact your school and community.

Experiment! A trial run of a later start time could at least start a vital conversation about student health, well-being, and performance. Schools in 43 states have tried it; can you?


Ask your principal to appoint a task force on later start times. Survey the research on this page and in our tool kit to make the case for later start times.


Survey your students about how they spend their days, and what schedule shifts would improve their learning and well-being. Share your findings with your principal.


Experiment! Implement a day-long, week-long or month-long run of a later start time at your school. Schools in 43 states have already tried it!


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