Teachers in Oklahoma school district agree to lengthen the school day by 20 minutes

Members of the Edmond Association of Classroom Teachers  in Oklahoma ratified contract language Monday that will  lengthen the school day by 20 minutes while also increasing salaries.

In addition to adding nine additional makeup days to the calendar, the longer school day will provide teachers an additional 100 minutes of instructional time per week. Students will arrive 10 minutes earlier in the morning and be dismissed 10 minutes later. The new schedule will go into effect Wednesday, Sept. 7 when students return from the Labor Day holiday.
“That would give families several weeks from the start of school in which to plan for this change to the school day,” said Superintendent David Goin. “We want to make sure that they have enough time to make the adjustment.”

Mark Schlachtenhaufen of the Edmond Sun  reported that the teachers will still have 7.5 hours per day in their contract; however instead of having 30 minutes before and after the student day, the teacher will have 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon.

This means the following will be the schedule for teachers and students at the different levels:

• High school teachers on a 1-6 hour schedule will arrive at 7:20 a.m. and leave at 2:50 p.m.; students will begin class at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

• High school teachers on a 2-7 hour schedule will arrive at 8:20 a.m. and leave at 3:45 p.m.; students will begin class at 8:40 a.m. and leave at 3:25 p.m.

• Middle school teachers will arrive at 7:30 a.m. and leave at 3 p.m.; students will begin class at 7:50 a.m. and leave at 2:40 p.m.

• Elementary early schools: Teachers will arrive at 8:05 a.m. and leave at 3:35 p.m.; students will begin class at 8:25 a.m. and leave at 3:15 p.m.

• Elementary late schools: Teachers will arrive at 8:30 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m.; students will begin class at 8:50 a.m. and leave at 3:40 p.m.

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