The Houston Independent School District held the first of 11 scheduled meetings to hear from parents and the community about their proposal to extend school days. The first meeting took place in Bellaire Tuesday evening. The district is proposing extending school days by 19 minutes. HISD believes that the proposed extension would save the school district $1.2 million. If the proposal is approved, the additional class time would equal an extra seven full days of school for the school year.
On Tuesday, parents showed up to voice their opinions about the proposed extension of school days. Many parents reportedly called the extension of the school days “disruptive”. One parent also reportedly called the measure a “lazy one” on the part of educators. According to HISD, adjusting the school day would allow school buses to operate within routes more efficiently and the district would have a more unified bell schedule for all students.
Under the proposed schedule, schools would operate during the following times:
-About half of all elementary schools would operate from 7:30 A.M. to 3 P.M.
-About half of all elementary schools would operate from 8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M.
-All middle schools would operate from 7:45 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.
-All high schools would operate from 8:45 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.
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