Spokane Public Schools ask for parent input on longer school days




Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 2:00 PM

Should Spokane Public Schools extend school days?

SPOKANE – As Washington state requires schools to have longer hours come 2015, Spokane Public School District is considering extending the school day as early as the fall of 2014.
School board members have said that Spokane’s current school day for elementary students is one of the shortest in the nation at six hours. The board of directors is looking at increasing that to six and a half hours.
A district task force developed a schedule that would increase instructional time as follows:

  • Elementary school classes: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Middle school classes from 9:05 a.m. to 3:41 p.m.
  • High school classes from 7:50 a.m. to 2:26 p.m.
  • All schools would start a half hour later on Thursdays

Roosevelt Elementary School parents had several different thoughts on what the schedule might mean for their own families.
“I guess in priciple it sounds like it could be a benefit, but I would have to look at how they’re using that time and how my daughter is using her time outside of school, too,” Roosevelt father Gary Chang said.

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“I’m pretty ambivalent about it,” Roosevelt mom Anna Dampf said. “For my children, specifically, I feel like I would rather have them at home, but I do know for a lot of kids, it would be beneficial.”
The Board of Directors asked the public to share input by completing this informal survey.
They also asked for additional input to be sent to schoolboard@spokaneschools.org.
The board planned to discuss the idea at two public meetings, both scheduled for 7p.m., on April 16th and 30th at the SPS Administration Building.