San Diego Unified School District to begin later high school start times
High school students in the San Diego Unified School District will be able to sleep in a little longer before class.
The district has approved a plan to start classes at a later time, working towards a start time of 8:30 or later at high schools in the district.
School board trustee John Lee Evans joined Good Morning San Diego to breakdown the details of the later start time and why it is important for students.
SDUSD estimates that all schools in the district will be on board with the changes by Fall 2020.
High schools across San Diego County currently begin classes anywhere between 7:20-7:40 a.m.
Studies by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend classes start at least after 8:30 a.m. to get the amount of sleep their bodies need.
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.