High School Schedule Changes Due to Reported Sleep Deprivation

High School Schedule Changes Due to Reported Sleep Deprivation

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) has planned to change the start time for all high schools in PYLUSD for the 2022-2023 school year. Senate Bill 328, the adolescent sleep deprivation bill, demands that middle schools start no earlier than 8:00 A.M., and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 A.M. 


This change could greatly help some students’ sleep schedules. Since students do not have to get up so early, students can arrive at school less tired and will be able to pay better attention in class.  A study at the University of Michigan found that “students who sleep more get better grades.” 


Students may also be able to be more productive in the morning and apply healthier habits such as eating breakfast. Foodnavigator-usa.com states, “Only a third (34 percent) of Americans eat breakfast every day, although 54 percent say they would like to, according to a Kellogg Company survey                  

 of 14,000 Americans.”


With these changes, after school activities, such as sports, will have to begin and end at a later time.  This means that students will get home later and still have to complete all their school work and any at-home chores and tasks. 


Our local PYLUSD high schools currently start between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 A.M. but with this new change, students may be starting a whole hour later. It may be difficult for some students to adapt and change their schedules, but this change will surely be one for the better.