Joint Statement on Later School Start Times from Minnesota Professional Health Organizations

The undersigned Health Professional Organizations collectively express our support for later school start times for teenagers. The research on this topic is concrete and indisputable. The objective of this statement is to support school leaders in adjusting school start times in order to allow teenagers to obtain adequate sleep.

The goals are:

  • Middle and High schools start at 8:30 am or later
  • This change is made by the 2018-2019 school year

These goals should allow for the time it will take for the necessary organization and consensus building within communities to reach a point of readiness to change for the physical health, mental health and safety of our teenagers.


Minnesota Sleep Society

Jagdeep Bijwadia, MD – President

Minnesota Medical Association

Robert K. Meiches, MD – Chief Executive Officer

Minnesota Nurse Practitioners

Dianne Willer-Sly, DNP, APRN, CNP – President

Minnesota School Psychologist Association

Sally Baas, Ed.D – President

Minnesota Physician Assistants

Becky Ness, PA-C – President

School Nurses Organization of MN

Susan Nokleby, RN – President

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Sue Abderholden, MPH – Executive Director

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