WASHINGTON — There’s a renewed push to start school later for local teenagers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged school districts throughout the country to start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later. Nationally, 83 percent of middle school and high school classes begin much earlier. The average start time is 8:03 a.m., based on data from the 2011-12 school year.
The CDC recommendation follows similar guidance last year from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and marks one of the few times the CDC has issued a wake-up call to educators on a lifestyle issue that can have a huge impact on adolescent health.