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Back to Class -- And Then Some

Sep 4, 2013

Classes resumed Wednesday in the Rochester City School District.
And this year, twenty of the district's schools will be operating with an expanded calendar, to give more instructional time for students.

And that for some students, that means a school day from 8 to 4 or 9 to 5.

The district says five schools are part of the national TIME Collaborative, adding some 300 hours of school time each year.

And District Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas notes they have eliminated the tradition of early Wednesday dismissal.
He says that will add another 29 hours of instructional time for each student in the district.

Dr. Vargas adds this means the City School District will no longer offer the least amount of instructional time in Monroe County.

He said that was the sad reality going into this school year.