Seattle teens are making history when they start school this September.
The Seattle Public Schools board of directors decided last November to delay bell times for teen students in response to local concerns from medical professionals, parents, educators, and students regarding the rising epidemic of sleep deprivation nationwide.
This fall, all of the district's high schools and most of its middle schools will start school 8:45am, with many elementary schools flipping to a 7:45am start time. A few elementary and K-8 schools will also start later, at 9:35am.
Last year, dozens of medical professionals, including our very own sleep specialist, Dr. Gandis Mazeika, contributed to a 37-page recommendation report researched by the Seattle Public School (SPS) district's Bell Times Analysis Task Force.
Published in July 2015, it was instrumental in inspiring the change toward later school start times for teens in Seattle schools, a decision that is still controversial for many.