11/19/2005 12:00 AM

11/19/2005 5:17 AM

Next year's new seven-period schedule at Chapel Hill high schools:

* Classes, now 55 minutes, will shrink to 50 minutes.

* The school day will get 15 minutes longer, dismissing at 3:50 p.m.

* An unofficial "zero period," in which students can earn credits by taking lessons before their first official class, will be dropped.

* Most students will be expected to attend a teacher-supervised study hall during the added period.

* The schedule will be used only for a year. A more complex, seven-period "hybrid" schedule kicks in in 2007.

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