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Winfield district lengthens school days

December 23, 2009

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— The Winfield school district is making the school day a little longer to make the school year a little shorter.

Starting Jan. 19, students in the south-central Kansas district will attend classes for an extra 15 minutes a day. The change will shave six days off the end of the school year.

The Winfield Board of Education approved the change this week as one of several steps to curb expenses. The district expects the shorter school year to save about $120,000.

Comments

youngjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Smart, proactive school district! Hey Lawrence ... take notes!

Shane Rogers 4 years, 11 months ago

No doubt. I seem to recall that we had to go to school from 7:45 to 3:45 or something similar to that. It was a good 8 hour day. Plus we actually had a decent amount of time to eat lunch. I couldn't believe how short the school day was here.

Not to mention that we only had one week off for winter break, none of this two week stuff.

GardenMomma 4 years, 11 months ago

What a great idea! 15 minutes a day really isn't all that much. That's something USD497 should look into.

I'd love for the kids here to have a decent amount of time to eat lunch as well. My kids have 25 minutes, that includes a 10 minute recess. That's too short in my opinion.

wysiwyg69 4 years, 11 months ago

With the amount of food that k thru 8th gets, [which is enough by state standards] they get more than enough time to eat. What they don't get is extra time to socialize, and they can do that at recess. I know they have enough time to eat. I see it every day, go to a school if you don't beleive me.

GardenMomma 4 years, 11 months ago

I pack my children's lunch and both of them tell me they do not have enough time to eat. They both come home hungry.

And before you jump on me about what I put in their lunches, a typical lunch is this:

Peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread or sliced lunch meat; an apple, grapes, or orange; milk; cheese stick; and granola bar.

So, that's a protein, whole grain, fruit, and dairy.

And 15 minutes to wash hands and walk through the lunch line and eat is enough time? Gimme a break. Even the teachers think that's not enough time for a decent lunch.

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