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Update on new law requiring later start times for middle and high school in 2022
Posted 10/16/19

On October 13, 2019, Governor Newsom signed SB 328. This new law requires later start times for middle schools and high schools, beginning no later than the 2022-23 school year. The bill requires middle schools to start no earlier than 8:00 am, and high schools no earlier than 8:30 am.

We're in the early phases of discussion and we're in no rush to make a quick decision. It is fortunate that we have until 2022 to implement the new start times.

We'll be reviewing things like the impact to transportation schedules for families; before school and after school child care for families; contracted special education transportation schedules; after school activities schedules; after school athletics schedules; working hours for certificated and classified employees; and probably many other things we've not yet identified.

It is possible that elementary school start times will be impacted as well, though it is too early to say definitely.

In the near future we’ll put together a plan and timeline for decision-making and communications. We’re committed to making sure that parents, students, staff, and community members have an opportunity to provide input and feedback on possible implementation plans. We’ll have more info at a later date about how we’ll accomplish that.

A change of this magnitude may have many unanticipated consequences; thank you for your patience as we develop a plan for complying with the new law by 2022.