Weeks ago, Matt Manobianco, a Lake Washington School District superintendent e-mailed his "family" this video explaining a district task force's work to achieve 1) later start times and 2) increased flexibility in the high school course schedule. As you'll see in Mr. Manobianco's video the process is complicated, especially with the geographic challenges of our District. So far, the District's been able to come up with three scheduling options all with 8:00 a.m. high school start times.
Of interest, recent literature recommends "middle and high schools should aim for a start time no earlier than 8:30 a.m."
1) In 2015 the CDC reported that adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight (1); not engage in daily physical activity (2); suffer from depressive symptoms (2); engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs (2); and perform poorly in school (3). However, insufficient sleep is common among high school students, with less than one third of U.S. high school students sleeping at least 8 hours on school nights (4). In a policy statement published in 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged middle and high schools to modify start times as a means to enable students to get adequate sleep and improve their health, safety, academic performance, and quality of life (5). AAP recommended that "middle and high schools should aim for a starting time of no earlier than 8:30 a.m."
2) A study published in Pediatrics about five months ago evaluated sleep patterns of adolescents, documenting why students may benefit from later start times.
The Seattle School District, and I think Issaquah, Bellevue and North Shore districts have already implemented later start times. If you didn't get Mr. Manobianco's e-mail and you or your neighbors want to give the District feedback, you can e-mail the school board at firstname.lastname@example.org or message them at 425-936-1257.
Note: I'm not a member of the school district's "family" and stumbled upon Mr. Manobianco's e-mail on a Facebook post. I personally think it would be best practice for the district to be all inclusive with their constituents on these matters.