MCSD considering new proposal to add 15 minutes to school day for elementary students

MCSD considering new proposal to add 15 minutes to school day for elementary students

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - An adjustment to a proposal to change the start and end time of school throughout Muscogee County was presented to the school board Monday evening.

A proposal is now being considered to add only 15 minutes to the end of the school day for elementary students. A previous proposal recommended a total of 30 additional minutes be added---15 minutes at the beginning of school and 15 minutes at the end of the day.

“The public in general, there was support for flexibility, but there was a split on if we wanted to implement the full 30 minutes. For teachers they didn’t want the full 30 minutes at the beginning of the day,” said Mercedes Parham, Muscogee County School District director of communications.

This comes after the district created an online survey for parents to share their thoughts on the proposal. The results of the survey shows more parents voting against the idea of longer days.

“I don’t believe we need a longer day. We need a better one," said one parent, Amanda Hoskins.

The results are different for teachers. News Leader 9 was told they voted in favor of adding 30 minutes to the end of the school day instead of adding 15 minutes to both the beginning and end of the day. Parham said that would be a conflict with middle school and high school schedules.

The school day for elementary students currently begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m., allowing for the minimum time required by law for instructional purposes.

School district officials said recent surveys from public input and conversations between school district officials is the reason for the possible change. The proposal will be voted on June 24.

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