Healthy sleep is fundamental to adolescents’ development and is linked to physical and mental wellbeing and positive school outcomes. In contrast, insufficient sleep can have negative effects across several aspects of daily functioning such as mood, emotion regulation, concentration, and attention. Over time, poor sleep can lead to physical and mental problems, and poor educational and occupational outcomes. Increasingly, teachers, health professionals, and policymakers are recognising the importance of understanding and promoting healthy sleep during the adolescent years.
Which schools can help?
We are recruiting Year 7 students from Independent Schools in Melbourne, Victoria, with a 25km radius of Monash University. You can help if you are a secondary (or middle years) school with students in Year 7. You can also help if you are a primary school with Year 6 students who will transition to Year 7 soon.
How can schools help the CLASS study?
You can help us reach out to your Year 7 students and their parents/guardians, and encourage them to participate in this important study. Below are some examples of how your school could help out:
Distribute the attached flyer to Year 7s during school home groups
Display the attached flyer on school notice boards and within classrooms
Email the attached flyer to your Year 7 students and their parents
Mention this study at a school assembly or Year 7 parent information night
Distribute the attached flyer (social media version) through relevant social media channels, newsletter, and website
Allow our researchers to visit your school to handout flyers and chat about the study to Year 7 teachers, students, and/or their parents
How can schools benefit from the CLASS study?
If you are able to help us with promoting the CLASS study at your school, we can send you an adolescent sleep information pack (PDF) to say thank you.
In some cases we might be able to also offer a customised adolescent sleep and wellbeing or sleep science and careers presentation to your Year 7 students and/or their parents. During the presentation we would explain the CLASS study and invite students to participate. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss this option.
How can I find out more?
If you would like to know more, please get in touch with the Project Coordinator Dr Julia Stone on (03) 9905 5341 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org