Senate Bill 328

SENATE BILL 328 would require the schoolday for middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. by July 1, 2020, except for rural school districts that obtain a waiver from the State Board of Education to delay implementation, as specified. To the extent the bill imposes new duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

SECTION 1. Section 46148 is added to the Education Code, to read:

46148.

(a) The schoolday for middle schools and high schools shall begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

(b) For purposes of this section, “schoolday” does not include a “zero period,” or an extra period offered before the start of the regular schoolday.

(c) This section shall be implemented by middle schools and high schools no later than July 1, 2020.

(d) The governing board of a rural school district may request, and the state board may authorize, a waiver to delay implementation of this section for two years pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 33050) of Chapter 1 of Part 20 of Division 2 if the governing board of the rural school district demonstrates a verifiable, significant economic hardship that would result from implementation of this section. The waiver may be granted for two years, and, upon approval by the state board, may be extended for up to an additional two years.

SEC. 2. If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

California PTA Support Letter

SUPPORT:

Start School Later.net (Sponsor)

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

California Sleep Society

California State PTA

Children’s Hopsital Boston

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Educate. Advocate.

Hart Middle School, Students

High School Parent Engagement Group

Irvington High School, Students

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Loyola University Maryland

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Marc Friedman, School Board Member, San Mateo

Public Advocates

Stanford University School of Medicine

San Jose State University

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Sharon Peaslee, former Seattle School Board Director

Stony Brook Medicine Program in Public Health

University of Washington, Department of Biology

Zoe Lofgren, Member of Congress