Longer Days Will Help Edmond Students Make Up Snow Days

Thursday, February 17th 2011, 3:03 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

EDMOND, Oklahoma -- The Edmond School District has decided how students will make up for the days they missed because of two winter storms.

The district voted Thursday that students will spend an additional 40 minutes in school each day until May 2. The extra minutes will be split; 20 minutes before the school day and 20 minutes after.

The longer school days begin Monday, March 7. The last day of school will still be May 27.

The start/end times are as follows:

  • High School: 7:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.; 7th hour dismissal: 3:45 p.m.
  • Middle School: 7:40 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.
  • Early Start Elementary: Pre K/K 8:15-11:05 a.m./ 12:35 p.m.- 3:25 p.m.; Grades 1-5: 8:15-3:25
  • Late Start Elementary: PreK/K 8:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m./ 1:00 p.m.- 3:50 p.m.; Grades 1-5: 8:40 a.m.- 3:50 p.m.

It's an early wake up call most students are not in favor of.

"I'm not looking forward to getting up that early in the morning," said Kristina Richardson, who goes to Sante Fe High School.

For middle and high schools it will mean an extra 10 minutes per class period. In elementary, the extra time will be added to reading and math.

"We just felt like if we didn't make up that time prior to testing, that the kids possibly could not have covered all the curriculum and it's important they do well on those exams," said Brenda Lyons, Associate Superintendent with Edmond Schools.

Board members were also opposed to going past Memorial Day and most parents agree.

"I don't want them to cut into spring break and I don't want them to shorten the summer anymore, because I feel like it's short enough as it is," said Angie Reynolds, and Edmond parent.

Still, there is concern from parents that this will mean missed time at non-school sponsored after school activities and jobs.

And for some, especially where both parents work, it will make mornings more difficult.

"It's going to be a little bit of a hassle. We have two different kids in two different schools," said Michelle Garrett, and Edmond parent.

"Twenty minutes earlier? That's a stretch," added Dana Reyna.

Still, even those parents say they'll figure out a way to make it work.

The board also decided, if there is one more snow day, that schedule will continue through May 13, if there are two more snow days that schedule will continue until the end of the school year.