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RISD to end late start for middle, high schools

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After an informal survey of parents, the Roswell Independent School District will discontinue the Wednesday late start for secondary schools beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

The Wednesday early release for elementary schools will continue.

The Wednesday “late-in” for sixth through 12th grades — with the exception of charter school Sidney Gutierrez Middle School — was implemented in August for 2019-20 as a way for teachers and staff at the middle and high schools to meet and discuss issues such as instruction and student performance, or take part in professional development.

Classes started at around 9:30 a.m., depending on the school’s master schedule.

Parents were against the practice, however, according to a survey conducted through the RISD website in February.

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“It was overwhelmingly not to have that for next year,” RISD Superintendent Mike Gottlieb said.

The inconvenience of the late start was a reason many parents were against it, Gottlieb said.

The district had collaborated with the Boys & Girls clubs to provide students with a place to go on late-start days. Students were to be transported to the club, 201 S. Garden Ave., and then to school by RISD buses.

That program was discontinued in December due to a lack of enrollment, however.

The elementary schools will continue to have early release on Wednesdays, a practice in place for at least 20 years, Gottlieb said.

“What happens with the elementaries is they don’t have the prep time. The middle and high schools do have a planning period every day,” Gottlieb said.

“We’ll have to work with that. We’ll have to work with before school and after school trying to get all the different, necessary meetings in,” he said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

 

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