Many schools may have to start classes later if Brown signs new legislation

By the Daily Post staff

Many students on the mid-Peninsula may soon be able to wake up later if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill that bars middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m.

The state assembly and senate passed the bill on Friday (Aug. 31).

If Brown signs SB328, schools will have about three years to comply. It would not apply to rural schools or to extra periods. It would not mandate changes to school day lengths.

Here’s a look at mid-Peninsula schools’ start times:

Palo Alto

• Palo Alto High School, 8:20 a.m.

• Gunn High School, 8:25 a.m.

• Greene Middle School, 8:10 a.m.

• Ellen Fletcher Middle School, 8:10 a.m.

Mountain View

• Alta Vista High School, 9 a.m.

• Mountain View High, 8:10 a.m.

• Crittenden Middle School, 7:55 a.m.

San Mateo

• San Mateo High School, 8 a.m.

• Hillsdale High School, 7:45 a.m.

• Aragon High School, 8 a.m.

• Borel Middle School, 8:05 a.m.

Los Altos

• Blach Intermediate School, 8:12 a.m.

• Egan Junior High School, 8:12 a.m.

• Los Altos High School, 8:10 a.m.


• Ralston Middle School, 8:20 a.m.

• Carlmont High School, 8:57 a.m.

Menlo Park

• Hillview Middle School, 8:25 a.m.

• La Entrada School, 8:05 a.m.

• Menlo-Atherton High School, 8:55 a.m.

Redwood City

• Kennedy Middle School, 8:25 a.m.

• Sequoia High School, 8:30 a.m.

• Redwood High School, 8:45 a.m.

Portola Valley

• Corte Madera School, 8 a.m. Burlingame

• Burlingame High School, 8 a.m.

• Burlingame Intermediate, 8:30 a.m.


• Crocker Middle School, 8:25 a.m. San Carlos

• Tierra Linda Middle School, 8:30 a.m.

• Central Middle School, 8:40 a.m.


• Woodside High School, 8 a.m.

1 Comment

  1. All secondary schools should start after 9:00. The biological fact is that the teen body is on a later sleep cycle than other ages so they cannot fall asleep as early as others. No, it’s not because they are on their mobile phones, it’s a biological fact. Please give our children the sleep they need, Jerry. Lack of sleep affects stress and social skills. Teens should get 8-10 hours of sleep but most are not.

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