The New York State Education Department is working on recommendations that would let your school district decide when to start up school. They also want to change how we measure school time; the measure would be in hours instead of days.
What do you think about school starting in August? The New York State Education Department is working on recommendations that would let your school district do that next summer. Not only does it recommend that school can start in August it says the state should change the way schools calculate how much time your child is learning.
The report says individual school districts should decide if they want to start school before September 1st. That's what News10NBC shared with Lisa Provenzano as she walked her daughter home from school in East Rochester Tuesday.
Lisa Provenzano, East Rochester parent: Honestly I never thought about it. It doesn't matter as long as they're there all year getting their education I don't know when it starts or finishes is that important. It would be nice to have a little extra time you know when it's warm to make this walk.
The report also wants to change how we measure how much school time your child gets. Right now state law says children must be in school for at least 180 days. The report recommends that be changed from days to hours. So instead of 180 days, a child in elementary school would need 900 hours. A child in middle and high school would need 990 hours.
This is why it's important. If your school has a half day, like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, right now that day is not counted as a school day because children aren't in the school long enough. (State education law says an elementary school student needs to be in school at least five hours a day for the day to count. Middle and high school students must have five and a half hours of instruction in one day for the day to count.)
Under these new rules, the three and a half hours kids are in school for a half day would be counted.
Lisa Provenzano, East Rochester parent: That I think should just be automatic. I don't think that should even be a question. They're there they should get credit for it. If I got to work I get paid for those three hours. if it's not a full day, they should get credit for being there.
By going from days to hours, the report says it gives your school district more flexibility especially if we have a long winter and the snow days get used up.