Teachers respond to additional 15 minutes

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By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer

Multiple missed school days due to snow led to an additional 15 minutes of school to all the Chesterfield County Public Schools by Chesterfield County.This new addition to the school day has given the students at James River High School something new to talk about, but the teachers also have opinions about this new change.

Some teachers don’t feel any different about adding 15 minutes to the school day.

“I didn’t have a strong reaction one way or the other; I felt fine about it,” English teacher Stephanie Hubbard said.

A few teachers think this was a good decision, because it will help them gain additional time to teach what students had missed.

“I think it has been a good thing to do,” science teacher Dalene Landes said. “It wouldn’t seem right if we didn’t do anything to make up for so much time.”

Some teachers think that the reason for the additional 15 minutes is because Chesterfield county is attempting to see how a slight change could affect the schools, since they’re planning on changing the schedule for the 2016-2017 school year.

“We have added time to the end of the school in the past so I feel like this is consistent.” Landes said.

The teachers thought that the idea of adding 15 minutes to school time was a good decision, but there were a few that thought other things could have been done.

“Other schools wouldn’t have this time available to them but I could see us pulling from AEP and lunch to put back into the academic schedule,” Landes said.

The 15 minutes added to school time has given students and teachers something to talk about, but we won’t have to get used to the extra 15 minutes since it will last through Thursday, April 30th.

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