On April 23 the 32nd District Parent-Teacher Association, or PTA, tweeted saying they were in support of a bill made to make school days start later. The 32nd District PTA, which represents Contra Costa County, is one of many recent supporters of Senate Bill number 328, or SB328.
SB328 would require middle school and high schools to start their school days no earlier than 8:30 am. This would also affect middle schools and high schools that operate as charter schools. If passed, the bill would take effect no later than July 1, 2022.
The main worry that sparked this bills proposal is that teens aren’t getting enough sleep. According to a study from the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, teens who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to take drugs, perform poorly in school, and suffer from symptoms of depression. If you would like to let local politicians know how you feel about the bill, then consider contacting Governor Newsom [(916) 445-2841], Senator Steve Glazer [(916) 651-4007], or assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan [(925) 328-1515].