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California Is Considering Later Start Times For School!

It looks like students can start sleeping in because they could soon be starting school at a later time.

California State lawmakers passed a bill the would would require middle and high schools statewide to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

California governor Jerry Brown has until the end of the month to decide if he will sign the bill into law.

A sleep expert with RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey, Dr. Carol Ash, told CBS This Morning "that delayed school start time could have a big impact on middle school children and adolescents."

She continued saying, "When they don't get the sleep they need, it can cause poor academic performance, drowsy driving depression, loneliness, social isolation, addictive behaviors and weight gain, obesity and hypertension. So it has a significant health and mental impact on your children."

She also said that just sending kids to bed earlier doesn't really make a difference because of how their brains work.

The CDC says five out of six middle and high schools in the United States start before 8:30 a.m., while sleep deprivation for students is a common problem across the country. 

What do you think about children starting school at a later time?

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