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San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - OPINION -

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

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