180-day calendar would cut school days half-hour
CARNESVILLE – If 16 days are added to the Franklin County School calendar next year, then it will mean 30 fewer minutes each day for students.
The number of days in the to-be-developed 2019-20 school calendar has turned into a topic that has passionate supporters on both sides of the issue.
Those who haven’t yet made up their minds about the matter have asked how will adding days to the school calendar affect the school day and bus routes.
“The school day is broken into instructional minutes based on the number of school days in the calendar,” said Franklin County Schools Superintendent Wayne Randall. “If the Franklin County School Calendar moves to 180 days, the school day could be shortened by approximately 30 minutes.”
State law requires the average school day to be no less than: 4 1/2 hours (270 minutes) for kindergarten through third grade, five hours (300 minutes) for fourth through fifth grades and 5 1/2 hours (330 minutes) for sixth through 12th grades.
On its current calendar, an average school day at Franklin County Schools is 7 1/2 hours long, from 7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
However, each school has the ability to restructure its allotted time to each subject to address any issues students may be having with a particular subject.
A survey of parents and teachers conducted last year showed that 75 percent of those responding preferred the shorter calendar.
The potential change to 180 days has come after concerns about assessment scores in county schools.
The school board is expected to talk about the calendar at its November work session, scheduled for Nov. 1 at Franklin County Middle School.
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