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Later starts and sixth grade moving back on school agenda

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Ojai Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Sherrill Knox and Nordhoff High School Junior Taylor Erickson look over survey data during a meeting on potential later start times for Ojai's junior high and high schoolers.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Changes may be on the horizon for the Ojai Unified School District (OUSD).
A District committee is reviewing potential changes to junior high and high school start times and the School Board has renewed a conversation about potentially moving Ojai sixth graders to Matilija Junior High School.
According to a recent survey by the OUSD's Later Start Time Committee, 64 percent of OUSD junior high and high schoolers say they get too little sleep. The survey included responses from 677 students.
A plurality of the students surveyed would favor a school start between 8 and 8:30 a.m., including Taylor Erickson, a student member of the Later Start Time Committee.
See also: “Group studying need for later school start times,” Ojai Valley News, Nov. 16, 2017.
See also: “Talk of moving sixth graders to Matilija is renewed,” Ojai Valley News, Jan. 18, 2018.

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