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Posted at 7:35 AM ET, 05/ 3/2010

PW County may extend school day

By Washington Post editors

Children across the area may have been happy to have all those days off due to the snowy winter, but kids in one district are learning now that they have to make some of that time up, WTOP reports.

Some school districts have received waivers, others have added a day or two to the end of the year, but Prince William County students may have to stay an extra 10 minutes each day starting Monday, May 10.

Initially, Prince William County schools officials thought they didn't need to make any changes because the system has 15 extra instruction days built into the calendar, but someone has done the math and the system will fall a bit short of the 990 hours of instruction time required by the state.

The plan is being brought to the school board for approval Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 3, 2010; 7:35 AM ET
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This whole thing is flawed and unfair. In PWC, only a few school fell short of the required time because of their specific bell schedules. The plan, however, is proposing that ALL PWC school stay the extra 10 minutes. Even the ones that already meet the required time. This causes a huge problem for after school activities, rapidly approaching SOLs (next week, actually), AP tests, and finals. The schedules for these days will have to be rethought if this is passed.

Posted by: Locomotion15 | May 3, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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