OPS is adding three days to next year’s school calendar. The decision was approved at the OPS board meeting Monday night.
Outside Chandler View Elementary students are heading home for the day. With snow still on the ground, it’s hard for them to think about spring and summer, but OPS board members must think that far ahead. Next school year they are doing things differently.
The board voted Monday night to add three school days to the 2013- 2014 school year, meaning students will be hitting the books earlier than usual.
It’s an idea some parents aren’t so sure about. “I don't see where three days is really going to make a difference. Why would you only add three days or why would you add any days at all, what's it really going to do for the kids,” said Kristen Gaiter.
OPS thinks those extra days will help students in the long run, giving them additional class time. “In today's day and age we need to get as much time with the kids as we can to help with that achievement so this was a great thing to get that more instruction time,” said David Patton.
Parent Carl Pender says he can understand that. “I want to make sure that the children can get everything in the curriculum that they need. Every year there is more for them to learn a little extra time, that short probably won't hurt them."
For some kids it is always a tough thing to have to say goodbye to summer, even if it is just a few days shorter.
School would have started Monday August 19th, but now it will be starting on Wednesday August 14th.