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Elementary School Day Extended in Stafford

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — The school day will be longer for elementary school students in Stafford County next year.

The school system announced today elementary school dismissal times will be 3:40 p.m. starting in September, a full 10 minutes later than last year.

More in a press release:

When Stafford County Schools open this fall, the elementary bell schedule at all 17 Stafford County elementary schools will change. Start time for the elementary schools will remain at 9:00 a.m. and the school day will now end at 3:40 p.m. This permanent change to the schedule will allow all of our elementary school students to receive the required instructional time each school year especially when inclement weather or other reasons impact attendance.

The additional time provides elementary schools the time equivalent of nine days in reserve for the 2012-2013 school year should we miss days (or parts of days) for inclement weather or other reasons. Currently our middle schools have nine days and our high schools have eight days equivalent in reserve. All school divisions are required to provide a minimum of 180 days or 990 instructional hours for students during the school year. At the elementary level, recess and lunch may not be considered as instructional time.

After-school activities and appointments should be scheduled with awareness of this change.

Questions may be directed to your school principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Support Services, Mrs. Pam Kahle at 540-658-6000.

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