To: The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, and Governor Charlie Baker

Start Massachusetts Middle and High Schools After 8:30 AM

We respectfully request legislation that sets Massachusetts Middle and High School start times to 8:30 AM or later.

Why is this important?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teens start school no earlier than 8:30 AM. Schools that have met this standard are already enjoying the benefits of decreased rates of teen car accidents, substance abuse, obesity, depression, and anxiety – and better academic performance.

All Massachusetts schools could enjoy similar success. Statewide support in the form of legislation will help Massachusetts communities mobilize to meet the goal of healthier school start times – and will help coordinate across-town scheduling for academic, athletic, and other competitions and events, which otherwise can be a logistical roadblock. Statewide legislation also avoids the barriers inherent in a piecemeal town-by-town effort, to ensure that the health and well being of our children remains paramount.


Reasons for signing

  • Start times are too early for growing teens.
  • School needs to start later.
  • One of the best ways to support youth is to ensure that they get the sleep they need. Especially for students who struggle academically or come from stressful or even unsafe environments, promoting mental/physical health and wellbeing is incredibly vital. Therefore, legislation must be written to establish later school start times in our state and we must absolutely have this issue be one of our priorities.