When Chesterfield children go back to school, their days will be 10 minutes longer.
It was approved last March that schools in Chesterfield County near Richmond, Virginia will be ten minutes longer according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Five minutes will be added to the beginning of the day and five minutes will be added to the end of the day to provide more staff-development time for teachers.
Students will go home three hours early the last Wednesday of every month from September through April, except in December. This will permit time for teachers to do in-school training.
The ten minutes gained each day will make up for instructional time that will be lost with the seven new staff-development days.
The extra ten minutes will be decided on a school-by-school basis. The time could be added to morning meetings in elementary schools or to math or language blocks in middle and high school.
These extra ten minutes each days come to 1,790 minutes which are equivalent to 5 full instructional days without lengthening the school year.
With the extra 10 minutes, the earlier start time will be as follows:
- 7:20 a.m. for high schools
- 7:35 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. for middle schools
- 8:35 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for elementary schools
Even with the early start and late ending, the 2011-2012 school year will still be 179 days, the same as last year. The school calendar, from September 6 through June 15 includes a parent-teacher conference day and four furlough days.
Chesterfield County School: Enjoy your school year!