student-centered, parent-driven, independent, action-oriented

High School Parent Engagement Group is a grass roots, independent, non-partisan, all volunteer organization of parents and guardians of San Juan Unified School District high school students and recent graduates.

We Did It!

SB 328 Signed by Governor Gavin Newsom

California is now the first state in the nation to follow public health guidelines and limit how early public middle and high school students can be mandated to attend school-8:00 a.m. or later for middle schools and 8:30 a.m. for high schools. Optional Zero Periods are allowed and rural school districts are exempt. School districts have until 2022 to comply.

This bill really will have a profound impact on teenagers lives. Starting school too early in the morning is a known public health risk for adolescents, which increases the rates of teen suicide, mental and physical illness and car accidents. Now children will have the opportunity to get the sleep they need in the morning to be healthier, safer and academically more successful. Believe it or not, California has many high schools that currently start first period at 7:00 a.m.

Governor Newsom really did show exemplary leadership on this issue; he did the right thing by putting kids first. And, of course, for three years, Senator Portantino has made this his priority bill and worked tirelessly at every step of the way to get it to the Governor's desk. Teenagers are so fortunate to have him as their champion.

And we had YOU! Thank your for believing, showing up at the capitol, advocating, writing letters, tweeting and making phone calls. It paid off!

Thank you.

Joy Wake
High School PEG Facilitator


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Know the Facts

University of Washington/Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Teens get more sleep, show improved grades and attendance with later school start time

Rand Corporation: The Economic Benefits of Later School Start Times

University of Minnesota College of Education & Human Development: Impact of Later High School Start Times

Start School Later.net: Healthy Hours

National Sleep Foundation: Later Start Times

Children's National Medical Center: Later Start Times May Enable Teen to Catch Up on Their Sleep

Terra Ziporyn Snider: Grades and test scores move up for all kids, across the board

Fairfax County Public Schools: Delaying High School Start Times: Blueprint for Change

Davis Joint Union School District: Senior High Start Times Moved 2017-2018 School Year

Stanford University: Adequate sleep increases students' athletic performance

Hanover Research: Impact of School Start Time on Student Learning

Our Mission Statement

The High School Parent Engagement Group (PEG) is an informal and supportive network for parents from all of San Juan Unified School District's high schools to share questions, ideas, and concerns regarding our schools in order to improve the overall student and parent experience. We believe that every SJUSD student deserves a high quality education and that actively engaged parents are an integral part of a high quality education system. The mission of our group aligns with the mission of the SJUSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We meet once a month in an informal setting during the school year. Please join us by filling out the contact form.

    The High School Parent Engagement Group:
  • provides an informal network and sounding board for parents to get information and feedback from other parents;
  • facilitates communication and understanding of school practices and issues between parents, students, teachers, administrators, and board;
  • engages parents in constructive problem-solving, with respect and compassion for everyone involved, on issues of importance to the group; and
  • encourages parents and students to actively contribute to student-centered decision-making in their school and district communities;

High School Parent Engagement Group is not affiliated with the San Juan Unified School District