City school board OKs lengthening all school days

By Kristy D. Carter - [email protected]
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The Clinton City Schools Board of Education had no discussion when administration requested additional time be added to the school day at all five local schools.

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the dismissal time for all Clinton City Schools’ campuses will be 10 minutes later than when students are currently being dismissed.

According to CCS superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount, the extended time will allow for more instructional time during the school year.

“The addition of 10 minutes to each school’s day will provide an additional 30 hours of instruction for the year,” Blount explained. The start times for all schools will remain the same.

North Carolina general statute requires a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction covering at least nine calendar months. The number of instructional hours in an instructional day may vary according to local board policy, and does not have to be uniform in the schools in each school system.

“We will still have 180 days of school,” Blount said. “State law requires school systems to have 185 school days or a minimum of 1,025 hours of instruction for the year. This (an addition of 10 minutes to the school day) will add 30 hours to each school’s instructional hours. Each school has a different number of hours each year because our schools start the day at a different time.”

The approved schedule for each school is as follows:

• L.C. Kerr Elementary School — 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

• Butler Avenue Elementary School — 7:50 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Sunset Avenue Elementary School — 7:45 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

• Sampson Middle School — 8:15 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.

• Clinton High School — 7:45 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

“The additional hours of instruction will assist our teachers with covering their curriculum,” Blount added. “In addition, and in the event of inclement weather, the district would have the option of not ‘making up’ days missed because we will have the additional hours.”

According to North Carolina general statute, the local board shall designate when the instructional days shall occur, and the number of instructional hours in an instructional day may vary according to local board policy and does not have to be uniform among the schools in the administrative unit. Local boards may approve school improvement plans that include days with varying amounts of instructional time.

If school is closed early due to inclement weather, the day and the scheduled amount of instructional hours may count towards the required minimum to the extent allowed by state board policy. The school calendar shall include a plan for making up days and instructional hours missed when schools are not opened due to inclement weather.

The local board has adopted the school calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. Both follow the state’s guidelines of not having an opening date for students earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and the closing date for students no later than the Friday closest to June 11.

The approved calendar has school beginning Monday, Aug. 26, and incorporates four workdays during instructional time and two early release days. A professional development day was not designated on the 2018-2019 calendar. Both early release days were in the middle of a week.

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By Kristy D. Carter

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