Later Maine High School Start Time
Scientific research over the past 20+ years has shown that teens don't get the sleep that they need to stay alert and healthy. Sleep deprived teens are at an increased risk for depression, obesity, school absenteeism and tardiness, and motor vehicle crashes. One simple way to help teens create a healthy lifestyle is to move school start times later. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement suggesting that schools begin no earlier than 8:30. In the current Maine legislative session, Representative Mattie Daughtry (D-Brunswick) has proposed LR 251: An Act to Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools. While the text for the bill has not yet been completed, we remain hopeful that this is a step in the right direction. Signing this petition will show support for healthy school hours for Maine teens.