New pilot program will allow some high school students to sleep in

Some high school students are going to be able to hit the snooze button on school days.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law that will allow five school districts to experiment with a later start time. Under the new four-year pilot program, high schools can’t begin until 8:30 a.m. or later.

The school districts to be selected to participate is yet to be determined, but there must be at least one urban, one suburban and one rural high school.

About 85% of New Jersey’s middle and high schools start before 8:30 a.m., according to Centers for Disease Control.

A later start time for school is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which found sleep deprivation is a critical problem for teens.