(Elementary and K-8 school schedules will remain the same.)
Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 2022-23 Middle and High School Students,
In 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 328 into law. Under the law, introduced by State Sen. Anthony Portantino, California’s middle schools can start required classes no earlier than 8 a.m., and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Specific scheduling within those parameters is left to local school districts. The guidelines go into effect in the 2022-23 school year for most districts, including ours.
In our school district, this law will affect school start times and bell schedules for incoming middle and high school students beginning next school year.
- For high school students, school will start at 8:45 a.m. this fall.
- For middle school students, school will start at 8 a.m. this fall.
Remember, elementary and K-8 school schedules will remain the same.
The purpose of the legislation is to address adolescent sleep deprivation and its associated health risks, while creating conditions more conducive to academic success. The schedule in Long Beach Unified also takes into consideration the need to stagger school bus routes based upon driver availability.
As the next school year approaches, affected families will receive additional information from their child’s school. In the meantime, we wanted to provide you with advanced notice so that you are aware well ahead of the start of the 2022-23 school year, which starts Aug. 31 for most students.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Long Beach Unified School District