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Walla Walla High School Sleep Study Committee Not Recommending Change in Schedule

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WALLA WALLA, WA - After a months long study and gathering input, the Sleep Study Committee says they are not recommending changes to the schedule at Walla Walla High School.

The proposal was to start first period at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m., based on scientific evidence that teenagers need more sleep.

"The committee discovered more clearly during this process at least 50 percent of Walla Walla High School students already start their day at 8:30 a.m.," said Committee Chair Ted Cohan. "Community levy support in Walla Walla allows the district to offer a seven period day at Wa-Hi which provides much more flexibility in scheduling classes."   

Nearly 1400 people completed the survey which asked what schedule was preferred. About 70 percent wanted the schedule to stay the same. The primary concerns of changing the schedule centered on less time in the evening for homework, student employment schedule conflicts, extra-curricular activities disruptions and missed class time for those involved in activities.   

"It was important to go through this extensive process to determine if this was the right fit for Walla Walla," said Cohan. "The community prefers the current schedule and it will remain in effect going forward."