EVSC elementary schools preparing for extended days

EVSC elementary schools preparing for extended days
Preparing for extended elementary school days
Preparing for extended elementary school days

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The EVSC is preparing families for the changes coming next school year.

Last month, the school board voted to extend the school day for all elementary students.

Parents and staff at Oak Hill Elementary met Thursday night to talk about what this extended school day means.

Right now, Oak Hill starts at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 2:16 p.m.

But with the added 34 minutes, next year they'll start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.

That means some families will have to change their drop off and pick up times.

The bussing structure will also be affected.

EVSC officials say they're hoping to send out bus route assignments by the end of this school year.. earlier than usual.. to help parents prepare.

Oak Hill plans to give out surveys to families to find out what the concerns are and what the needs are.

Parents we talked to say it will be difficult to adapt, but most say it'll be beneficial in the long run.

"Children are very adaptable, and I think the children at all of these schools will adapt what they have once they have it. It really is the parents that have the difficulty of accepting change," said Andy Ward, parent.

"With any change, there always comes some conflict for people.  I know for people that work it may be a little more difficult for them.  For some people, it's gonna be easier," said Lynn Maserejian, parent.

The EVSC says the school start times and end times are going to be different for each school based on their needs, and all of the elementary schools should be having informational meetings like the one Thursday night.

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