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New nap time policy for kindergarten

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Time may be up for students to have nap-time in class.

If you are a parent of a kindergartner, you will soon learn about a policy across Louisiana regarding when and if students are allowed to catch some z's during the school day.

Across the state, children lie down on floor mats during the day at school for a set amount of time.

But a new statewide change says nap time is no longer apart of the kindergarten schedule.

"Its up to each school district to implement it. We are going to make the change school by school and allow those teachers to have the opportunity to do what is best and schedule that classroom day around each individual student," said Chief Academic Advisor of Caddo Parish School District, Keith Burton.

Burton, said the decision was not based on a cost measure, rather, a choice offered to each child.

"If we have a student who is still feeling good and would like to read a book or work with a teacher or work on a computer, that child will still be to do that without having to lay down and rest for 45 minutes," said Burton.

Burton says his district's mission is to do what is in best interest for each child.

"This shouldn't alarm parents because we are still going to be able to allow any student that is tired and is in need of a time rest that opportunity," said Burton.

Parents will have more information about the new policy by the first part of the new school year.

Parents are still being asked to send a mat or towel with their child at the start of the year.

Studies show that it's recommended that kindergarten-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night.

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