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Start Time Issues Brought to School Board

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West Hartford high school students will have the opportunity to start school later, but Westport students already have a similar luxury.

During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Hadley Rose, RTM District 3, said the board should examine the West Hartford plan.

Under the plan, he said, school would still run 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and there would be no impact on extra curricular programs, including sports.

In West Hartford, he said, juniors and seniors are being given the opportunity to schedule a study hall during first period.

By doing so, he said, those students do not have to start school until about 8:20 a.m.

It is a voluntary program, he said, and aimed at students who are old enough to drive, which means transportation would not be necessary.

Staples High School Principal John Dodig said today, however, that students already can come in late if they have a study hall during first period.

Additionally, he said, there is a small group of seniors who can come into school after the first two periods because of study halls.

Because Staples has a rotating schedule, however, students do not necessarily have a free period first every day, he said.

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