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New law delays start times at California schools: No class before 8 a.m.

New law delays start times at California schools: No class before 8 a.m.

by HANNAH WILEY, Sacramento Bee  |  Published on October 14, 2019

Hit the snooze button, kids. You now have a little longer to sleep in before your day starts.

A new law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Sunday forbids California middle schools from ringing the opening bell before 8 a.m., and prohibits high schools from starting class before 8:30 a.m.

Schools must adopt the law before July 1, 2022, or sooner if they have collective bargaining units that allow negotiation before the deadline.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino, the La Cañada Flintridge Democrat who wrote the law, said Senate Bill 328 is based on “indisputable” science that shows when students are healthier and happier when get to sleep in a little later.

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