New start time set for SRHS fall classes
Beginning this fall, Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) classes will start at 8:45 a.m., according to a message e-mailed to parents from Principal Nicole DeWitt on Jan. 15.
The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board approved Healthy Start Times which are now mandated by California Senate Bill 328 requiring all California high schools start classes after 8:30 a.m. Middle schools may not start before 8 a.m. under the new state law. A new start time for Marshall Middle School had not been announced as of press time.
SRHS is not the only high school affected by this ruling. SDUSD requires Healthy Start Times to begin at all high schools for the 2020-21 academic year.
The law was passed based on scientific research on teens and sleep. Studies indicated that later start times are linked to increased student attendance, improved academic performance and health. Insufficient sleep among teens has been associated with a wide variety of adverse outcomes, according to DeWitt’s message.
The memo from Principal DeWitt requested that parents of students who will attend SRHS next year start planning for the change by coordinating carpools and considering before- and after-school arrangements. The adjustments families must make range from minimal to substantial. Families in which both parents are employed may have to make considerable adjustments to ensure their students arrive to school for the new class starting time. Initial reaction from SRHS parents filled local social media pages with comments and questions.
Principal DeWitt’s message indicated that she and her staff will work with school committees to determine the end time for the school day and any altered bell schedules for the 2020-21 school year. She stated that more information will be announced in upcoming weeks.