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Schedule changes at RCSD
Rochester, N.Y. -- Changes are on the way to the Rochester City School District.
In a letter sent to staff Monday, Superintendent Bolgen Vargas announced that this years schedule will include what he calls expanded learning time at 20 schools.
The centerpiece of Vargas plan is to end early dismissal on Wednesdays. For many years, Rochester has been the only district in the area to dismiss students early on Wednesdays. Sending children home 45 minutes early, this one day a week, robs them of more than 29 hours of instructional time and support over the course of a year. That is the equivalent of missing a full week of school, Vargas said in a statement.
This years schedule ends that practice. I believe the need to increase instructional time for our students is too critical to wait any longer. We simply must remove our District from the embarrassing in my view, unconscionable position of offering students the least instructional time of any group of children in Monroe County, when arguably they need and deserve the most.
Schools 3, 8, 9, 10, 17, 22, 23, 34, 41, 44, 45, 46, Charlotte High School, Leadership Academy for Young Men, Monroe High School, Northeast College Prep, Northwest College Prep, Wilson Commencement Academy, School of the Arts, and All City High will be affected.
Maureen Doohan said she embraces the idea of spending time with students, but finds problems with the newly adjusted schedule.
The reason why its a concern is not because teachers dont want the maximum amount of time with students, explained Doohan. But the teachers had planned for a different time schedule with the students.
The 6th grade teacher at the Nathanial Rochester School said her school had been on a 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. schedule, the new one calls for 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
School 3, 9, 17, 23 and 46 are scheduled to dismiss at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. under the new schedule. Click here to see scheuldes for all RCSD schools.
Why couldnt they start at 8 a.m. and get out at 4 p.m.? asked parent Gwen Session.
13WHAM News requested an interview with a school administrator regarding the schedule changes, but the request was denied.
Were not in a position where we can be talking about less time, said School Board President Malik Evans.
Evans said city school district students need to have the same amount of instructional time as their suburban counterparts, which is not the case. He said that it is possible the schedule is tweaked, but feels extended learning is vital.