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SB-328 Pupil attendance: school start time.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 46148 is added to the Education Code, to read:

46148.
 (a) The schoolday for middle schools and high schools, including middle schools and high schools operated as charter schools, shall begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
(b) For purposes of this section, “schoolday” does not include a “zero period,” or an extra period offered before the start of the regular schoolday.
(c) This section shall be implemented by middle schools and high schools no later than July 1, 2020, or the date on which a school district’s collective bargaining agreement that is operative on January 1, 2018, expires, whichever is later.
(d) The governing board of a rural school district may request, and the state board may authorize, a waiver to delay implementation of this section for two years pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 33050) of Chapter 1 of Part 20 of Division 2 if the governing board of the rural school district demonstrates a verifiable, significant economic hardship that would result from implementation of this section. The waiver may be granted for two years, and, upon approval by the state board, may be extended for up to an additional two years.
(e) The department is encouraged to post on its Internet Web site available research on the impact of sleep deprivation on adolescents and the benefits of a later school start time and examples of successful strategies for managing the change to a later school start time, and to advise school districts of this posting.
(f) The Legislature encourages school districts and community organizations to inform their communities, including parents, teenagers, educators, athletic coaches, and other stakeholders, about the health, safety, and academic impact of sleep deprivation on middle and high school pupils and the benefits of a later school start time, and to discuss local strategies to successfully implement the later school start time.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.