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Louisa’s school days just got longer

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

Students at Louisa County Public Schools will have 10 minutes added to the day for the rest of the school year.

They will also attend school on Monday, March 18, which had originally been scheduled as a teachers workday.

The additional minutes will be divided between the start and end of the day.  However, the bus pick-up schedule will not change, according to Doug Straley, assistant superintendent for administration.

“We tried to come up with a plan that would provide the additional instructional time prior to the SOL testing assessments in May, and also take into account what has the least impact on a family’s schedule,” he said.

The state requires that school divisions have 180 days or 990 hours of instructional time.  LCPS administration chose to follow the hourly requirements.

“Our school day tends to be longer than [that of] many schools around the state,” Straley said. “We’ve banked hours throughout the year, which allows us to use that bank time to make up the hours as we will be doing.”

As the plan goes now, even though students have missed eight days this year, the last day of school will continue to be May 24, with graduation of the Class of 2013 taking place that evening.

“Any additional missed time, we would have to alter the plan further for make-up,” Straley said.