Spokane Schools Considers Longer Class Day

By Steve Jackson

The Spokane Public School District is looking for public input on a plan to increase the length of the school day. The SPS district has been instructed by the state legislature to increase the amount of time kids spend in the classroom. School District Director of Communications Kevin Morrison says our local students, who average six hours of classroom time a day, are a bit behind the curve for class room time in comparison to other schools in the state.
 
Morrisson says "frequently, six hours 30 minutes is normal, some go even father. Yakima is seven hours 15 minutes for elementary students.”
 
A task force has been working on the issue to try to see how the schedules can be changed. They have proposed revising the current schedule so elementary students will attend classes from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., middle schoolers from 9:05 a.m.-3:41 p.m., high school from 7:50 a.m.-2:26 p.m. All schools would start a half hour later on Thursdays.

Among issues to be resolved are how the buses will run, and how the increased hours will play out with teachers. Public comment is being taken on the SPS website.
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