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Proposal could change start times for Eau Claire schools

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - High school students in the Eau Claire School District could start their day a little later.

A proposal is being discussed by the parent advisory council to start the high school day an hour or two later. Right now, classes begin around 7:30 am.  That would mean start times at elementary schools would be pushed up, to allow time for buses to transport students. Currently, classes at elementary schools get underway between 8 and 9 am.  The superintendent says the idea is to allow high school students time to sleep in, so they can be more alert during school.

"The research is very clear about the adolescent brain, especially as they get into middle school and high school, that starting slightly later, there does seem to be pretty clear research evidence that there is a benefit," says Eau Claire Superintendent Dr. Ron Heilmann.

The proposal is only being discussed, there are no plans to implement it. The district wants to know what you think about the idea, click here to submit a comment to the Eau Claire Area School District.

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