FUHSD schools will start later to give kids enough sleep

23.2 percent of FUHSD students responded to severe sleep deprivation23.2 percent of FUHSD students responded to severe sleep deprivation.

Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) students will have a later start to the school day beginning next school year.

That is the result of the work of the District’s Community Taskforce on Student Wellness means the five schools in FUHSD will start school at 8 a.m. That will delay the current start time by 25 minutes for Monta Vista High, Lynbrook High, Cupertino High and Fremont High, and by 10 minutes for Homestead High.

In an April 2017 Student Wellness Survey focused on start time and sleep deprivation, 23.2 percent of students responded to severe sleep deprivation, reporting that they only get six hours or less of sleep per night.

The later start time came as the result of the taskforce’s recommended solutions. While the change doesn’t go into effect until the beginning of next school year,  students were able to experience the change during finals week in December, where exams were set to begin at 8 a.m. or later.

The Community Taskforce on Student Wellness was launched in January 2016 and is led by a group of students, staff and community members. The Taskforce’s focus for action is to recognize and address that “Students struggle with wellness, school-life balance and stress, and sleep deprivation,” according to the FUHSD website. 

The Taskforce is also in charge of monitoring other wellness issues the students might face, such as health issues and mental health.

4 Comments on "FUHSD schools will start later to give kids enough sleep"

  1. Mrs. Janet Lowy | January 14, 2018 at 6:22 pm | Reply

    This is a step in the right direction. When I was teaching, school started at 8:40 and the first 20 minutes was homeroom. Teenagers are going through so many physical and emotional changes that they need more sleep than adults do. I would recommend starting school at 8:30 or even 9:00. You might be surprised at how much better the kids do in first period.

  2. Michelle Carr Crowe | January 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Reply

    Hopefully this time change will benefit the students and families with more rest.

  3. Eight o’clock is a reasonable start time but I ask, if kids are getting only six hours of sleep per night why are they going to bed so late?

  4. After reading Matthew Walker’s fascinating and informative book, Why We Sleep, I am convinced an 8:30 or 9am start time would be even more beneficial to teenage students. Before, I thought maybe teens were just staying up on devices or choosing to sleep late, but it turns out their circadian rhythm is actually later than the average adult’s. While matching school start times closer to their natural circadian rhythm should be helpful in maximizing academic potential, I am more interested in the effects on students’ mental health: “Forced by the hand of early school start times, this state of chronic sleep deprivation is especially concerning considering that adolescence is the most susceptible phase of life for developing chronic mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and suicidality. Unnecessarily bankrupting the sleep of a teenager could make all the difference in the precarious tipping point between psychological wellness and lifelong psychiatric illness.”

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