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Some schools lengthening days to get the hours in

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 11:22 PM CST
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

HARRISBURG -- Starting Thursday, students at Central Dauphin High School students will start their first period class five minutes earlier because of numerous snow days. 

On Tuesday, the principal sent a notice to parents of the high school students notifying that the classes would begin at 7:40 a.m., not the usually scheduled 7:45 a.m., and would remain on that schedule through the remainder of the school year.

“This winter has been devastating to the school calendar and has forced us many times to start days late and shut down entirely,” Central Dauphin School Principal Ken Miller said in the e-mail CBS 21 News obtained from a parent. 

“We’re already there by 7:15, 7:30,” said Victoria Warren, a junior at the high school. While she’s not concerned about the longer first period, she said some friends at her school have complained.  

“It’s not something that’s fun with five minutes of first period,” said Warren. “But, it’s not horrible either.”

By law, each school district has to have 180 days of school or 990 hours. By starting classes early, the high school will be able to meet that requirement. The school has also scheduled several snow make-up days.

Victoria’s father, Justin, said the school district did what they have to do with the snow days. 

“If there’s any question I would give, it would be if there’s a way to plan the year better for a few more snow days,” said the elder Warren. “Maybe build it around the spring break period.”

In the statement to parents, the school district officials said the school bus times would not change since most school buses arrive at the high school by 7:30 a.m.
Some schools lengthening days to get the hours in

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