Free periods play different roles at county schools

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Center Grove High School sophomore students Maddie London, 15, and Eric Tam, 15, work on homework in a study hall Thursday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Center Grove High School students in study hall Thursday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

When Whiteland Community High School officials found that many of the students who signed up for study halls were spending the period napping or talking with friends, they decided to remove the option from students’ schedules.

School officials wanted to be sure students spent all their time at school doing something to better prepare themselves for college or a career.

For most students, that means spending more time in class, taking more rigorous courses and electives, or learning more about potential careers, assistant superintendent John Schilawski said.

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