Opinion: The Zero Period debate

Students from Palo Alto High School Physical Education teacher Stacey Kofman’s Zero Period PE class jog around the Paly track. Photo by Jeanette Wong.

Earlier this month, Palo Alto Unified School District Supt. Max McGee announced the elimination of Zero Period academic classes starting next school year. Non-academic Zero Period classes such as Physical Education, however, will continue to be implemented at both Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School. This decision resulted in mixed reaction from students: While some argued that abandoning Zero Period infringes on students’ rights, others pointed out the need for sleep and limiting stress.

The Paly Voice discusses the pros and cons of Zero Period PE at Paly. Read our perspectives in the links below:

Pro Opinion: Zero Period PE offers flexibility without detrimental effects

Con Opinion: Zero Period PE policy needs reform