The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation School Board has just adopted new school hours starting next school year.
All elementary schools will have a longer school day by about 30 minutes from 8:15 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
All middle schools and high schools will be starting earlier and will release earlier from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
EVSC Superintendent David Smith says lengthening the school day will provide more time for focused instruction and provide more tailored teaching and supports for all students. It also allows teachers more time to collaborate, share data and plan how curriculum will be taught.
"The EVSC's elementary school day is currently among the shortest day in the state and in our immediate area," said Smith. "By extending the day, we will add valuable learning time for our students and allow our teachers to meet more regularly and for longer periods of time, all of which will lead to an increase in student success."
Smith says teacher feedback on longer school day for elementary students has been very positive.
EVSC schools will continue to offer extracurricular activities, student meals, including breakfast, and morning and after school Extended Day centers will still be available.
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