Regarding “Stress is making our children ill — here is how we can reduce it” (Open Forum, Jan. 3): I am writing to both agree with you and to refute some of the points you carefully explained in your article. First, I completely agree with the fact that students need a wellness center on campus or some sort of a place to take refuge when they are feeling exhausted or stressed. Although my high school has a student advocate, a faculty member whom students can confide in with their personal problems, we lack a “wellness center” dedicated to counseling and alleviating the stress of the student body. I am also a strong supporter of surveys on student wellness, because only through these surveys are administrators and board members able to receive an accurate representation of how students really feel. In fact, these campus-wide surveys can be easily integrated into every school, as they can efficiently monitor the wellness of students without largely interfering with school time. I do not agree with delaying the start time for school, because it would interfere with extracurricular activities and sports. Although it sounds pleasing, students will still be inevitably staying up late.
Andrew Mou, Sunnyvale