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Committee recommends Eau Claire School District to explore later school start times

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A change may soon be in the books for Eau Claire students, the school board is looking into changing school start times.

"It's been on the mind of the board for several years now,” said Kay Marks the district's executive director of Human Resources.

The Eau Claire School Board will be taking a closer look at starting school later in the day.

"There are so many key stakeholders that there needs to be quite a bit of time allocated to pull this off,” said Marks.

The districts calendar committee is recommending that the board form another committee, one that would study and make a recommendation about changing school start times.

"Through our research we've found a lot of benefits to shifting around start time those are academic, emotional, and medical benefits to this,” Marks said.

What the change in schedule would look like is far from being known.

"We're not even close yet,” said School Board President Rich Spindler.

Parents we spoke with want more information but think it's worth exploring.

"It doesn't really matter,” said Nyree Hoff. “My husband and I go to work the same time he's going to school so it works out that way but I think he'd appreciate the extra sleep.”

Some parents even said they notice a change in productivity and attitude toward school as the day goes on.

"I think it's a great idea high school and upper level middle school students need more sleep according to their rhythms,” said Sherri Auleta. “I think my daughter is more productive in the late morning and afternoon.”

Which is why the district wants to do it's homework before making such a large shift.

"You have so many traditions of when things occur in the community,” said Spindler. “There's sports and venue usage by other groups, bussing, and costs and I hope we get a lot of input from parents and community members over time.”

Monday night's discussion is just the first draft of a project that's due date hasn't been determined. The district will have to vote on creating the committee that would study start times at a later date.

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