Healthy School Start Times for Adolescents: A Public Health Law and Policy Intervention

Concurrent Sessions 1: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Aligning daily school start times with the circadian rhythms of adolescent students is an effective population-based policy intervention for improving adolescent health and academic performance. This session will explore the relationship between adolescent school start times, health, and academic performance; the current U.S. legal landscape governing school start time policy and potential law-based strategies for promoting healthier start times; and recent advocacy efforts to effect healthy school start time laws and policies for U.S. adolescent students.


  • Clark Lee, JD, MPH, CPH, Senior Law and Policy Analyst, University of Maryland


  • Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Start School Later, Inc./Healthy Hours