Ohio public schools would not be allowed to begin their school day before 8:30 a.m. if a newly introduced bill passes the Ohio legislature.
Several leading American medical groups have said teens shouldn’t start school before 8:30 a.m. The American Academy of Pediatrics says adolescents’ natural rhythms make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m., and teens lacking sleep often suffered from health problems, an increased risk of car accidents and a decline in academic performance.
The vast majority of middle schools and high schools in the Dayton area start earlier, as they cite busing costs, safety issues and student/family activity schedules. Local schools start as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 9:20 a.m.
California's law was rejected twice by lawmakers before a version passed. The version being enacted applies only to middle schools (8 a.m. start) and high schools (8:30 start). It exempts some rural school districts as well as optional classes and will be phased in over three years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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