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Parents Share Opinions on Proposed Walla Walla Student Sleep Study

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Some sleep pattern research has led to a question about whether students would benefit from later school start times. That's the focus of some discussions in Walla Walla right now. 

A proposed study would determine whether later school start times are beneficial for students. School leaders hosted a community meeting Thursday to talk about the sleep study. Parents showed up, listened to one of the researchers and then got to share their thoughts. 

"We certainly had some people very heated both ways. People very much for it. People very much against it. But I think I heard good opinions both ways that I can bring back to the committee. Some new thoughts. You know. Reason why and reasoning against," said Businesses Services Executive Director Ted Cohan. 

Community, parents, staff and students are encouraged to visit the Walla Walla Public Schools webpage ( to complete a brief survey and provide input. Hard copies of the survey are also available at all schools and the district office beginning Monday, Nov. 23. The survey will remain open until Friday, Dec. 4.
- English Survey:
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The sleep study committee will take all the data from the survey and these meetings and decide next month whether they'll move forward with the study.