Why So Early: A Community Forum

The Impact of Early High School Start Times on Teens

Experts say that adolescents should be getting at least 9 hours of sleep every night.  Most high schoolers get less than 7.

Join Newton South’s School Council on April 7th at 7:00 pm in the Newton South Auditorium for a community conversation around the impact of inadequate sleep on our teens.  We will be joined by Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, who was the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2014 Policy Statement supporting a later school start time for teens.  Dr. Owens will speak on her research and the implications of inadequate sleep on adolescents.  You’ll also hear from students and get an update on School Council’s work to date.  This forum is the beginning of a city-wide conversation around this important mental, emotional, and physical health issue for teens.   If you’d like more information and to get updates on School Council’s work on school start times, please email schoolcouncil.nshs@gmail.com.

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