Governor Newsom signs legislation mandating later start times at public schools.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation into law Sunday mandating later start times at most public schools.

The new law prohibits middle schools from starting before 8 a.m. and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m.

According to some medical experts, when school starts later, children are healthier and perform better.

Research shows that teenagers need eight to 10 hours of sleep per night to be healthy.

For example, Bishop’s HSMS would be unaffected with their 8:15 starting time. However BUHS would need to change their 8:15 starting time.

Districts will have three years to shift their start times.

California is currently the only state in the Union to require later start times at most public schools.

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7 Responses to Governor Newsom signs legislation mandating later start times at public schools.

  1. Maureen Elizabeth McClain October 19, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

    It doesn’t matter what the Governor legislates where schools are concered. Teacher pay is legislated and they ignore that everytime they go on strike.

  2. David Dennison October 18, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    Old Timer……it doesn’t make a difference at all, IMO……just the “new American way”….where EVERYTHING has to change,almost on a monthly, and definitely on a yearly basis…with just about everything…seemingly not able to just leave things alone…from technology to rules and regulations, televisions, phones…services companies offer….Right now, I’m personally looking for a better vehicle to drive. I’m having to go back, to about a 2006 truck or SUV, with low mileage in order to find one that you actually need a key to unlock the doors and start it, that doesn’t set-off alarms if you’re not doing the “right thing”…and doesn’t have an annoying automated voice telling you to “drive safely” and “watch for oncoming traffic” before you can put it in gear and drive…

  3. David Dennison October 15, 2019 at 7:26 am #

    Inyolocal…..Do you REALLY think Governor Newsome’s intent is to make things harder for the middle working class with this ?…and do even think it’ll make much difference with things ?..I live near the middle school in town,and for the past 19 years that I’ve been living there,school starts for them at 8;00 A.M…so nothing different there..and what difference (not some sort of California-Liberal conspiracy hoping to do harm ) does it make if the high school starts a 1/2 hour later ?..seems the high school kids,with smart phones in hand,of course.make it to school walking,on their own,or the out of the area ones riding the bus without much of a problem..I just don’t see the problem for the “tax paying,law abiding middle class” parents you mentioned…

    • Old Timer October 16, 2019 at 11:09 pm #

      But Mr. Dennison, if so, what difference does it make? The state has way bigger problems then worrying about when teenagers start school. Also what bonehead liberal study says it only benefits teens (as opposed to all children) to start later? What about work? How about mandating later start times for work? People who want coffee and donuts before 9am, forget it. Better know how to make your own. Its bad for people to get up early. The more I write the more I want to start laughing hysterically, so I guess I’m done. It is absolutely ridiculous.
      PS. Whether conspiracy or not, its easier for parents if all the little “angels” start and end at the same time.

  4. Trouble October 15, 2019 at 2:51 am #

    Our Governor needs to focus on helping get these kids get properly educated for whatever carrier they choose. Bishop High has made great strides in that area and I hope the continue doing so.
    Starbucks ought to love this one!

  5. Old Timer October 15, 2019 at 12:52 am #

    I have teenagers in my house (please pity me) they could care less about how much sleep they get, in fact one of them claims the more sleep they get the harder it is to get up. Starting school later will not have any effect on the little “angels” amount of sleep. lets all sign the recall to get rid of Gov. Noisome, I mean Newsome.

  6. Inyolocal October 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    Great, more nanny state control. Another thorn in the side of working parents. Most parents start work at 8 and this will cause one more headache for them. Maybe that’s the intent. Seems this state wants to knock down the middle class, tax paying, law abiding citizen every chance they can.


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