Sleep supports growth and development, fosters resiliency and has been recognized as a priority for the health, well-being and learning of students.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes insufficient sleep as an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of middle and high school students.
The Fairfax County Youth Survey, a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County's youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county's youth and serve as a barometer of the community's effectiveness fostering healthy choices in young people. The Youth Survey is a collaboration of Fairfax County Government and the Fairfax County Public Schools.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) included an emphasis on sleep education in the 2015 revision of the standards of learning for health education. Every grade level, K-10, emphasizes the importance of sleep as a component of overall health. Topics instructed in FCPS health education include sleep hygiene, effects of sleep on health, setting a sleep goal, consequences of sleep deprivation, and the relationship between sleep deficiency and chronic disease and increased risk for injury and substance use. In addition, sleep education is included in physical education for grades 7, 8, and 10 to meet VDOE standards of learning for physical education.