EDMOND, Oklahoma – If blizzards hit central Oklahoma again this winter, students in Edmond Public Schools won't have to worry about making up the days at the end of the school year.
The Edmond Association of Classroom Teachers voted Monday to extend each school day by 20 minutes. Ten minutes will be added to the beginning of each day, and another 10 will be added to the end.
The extra 100 minutes each week will provide a cushion in case students are out of school for several days because of snow. School leaders say they learned a valuable lesson last winter when students missed eight days of class, which left administrators scrambling to make up state-mandated hours.
"Last year's imposition upon parents and the community and teachers with the excessive number of snow days helped to move forward an item of discussion for a number of years," Edmond Superintendent David Goin said.
Edmond's first day of school is Friday, August 19th but the changes will not take effect until Wednesday, September 7th. If no snow days are used, the last day of class will be May 23, 2012.
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