Let Teens Sleep In: The Push For Later School Start Times

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A school bus arrives at PS 230 in Brooklyn on Friday, February 14.

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially took a stance on later school start times, calling chronic drowsiness in teens a public health issue and advocating for middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 am. Dr. Cora Breuner, professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, member of the Committee on Adolescents for the AAP, and an author of the recent AAP announcement explains the AAP's reasoning.