Longer School Day

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Schedule

From 8-5:00, 6 days a week, we can have our school day. It's an alternating schedule; every day there is 180 minutes each for two of the main subjects daily- one at the beginning, one at the end of the day. In between, there is an hour of lunch, specials classes, enrichment, study help, etc.

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I support a longer school day. School should be in session until 5pm so class times can be longer and even if school 'ends' at 3pm students would then be expected to use that extra 2 hours to do their homework. Teachers would be in their class to assist or prepare the next day's work, etc. Majority of people work 8-5 why not teachers?

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Pilot Program

I think it’s great that CPS is doing a pilot program for the Long School Day to see how schools can best use the additional time during the school day.

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Longer School Year?

Instead of a longer school day, which would make after- school extra curricular activities virtually impossible, how about a longer school year? Or a combination of the two.

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I really think the longer school day would really benefit the children in the Chicago Public Schools, but the approach needs to be centered and geared towards the children. I don't believe additional classes or courses need to be added to the school day, but I feel some courses should be extended to lengthen the school day to meet the new hours.

 

What I mean by really benefiting the children in schools is targeting areas that we know need to be targeted. Reading, Writing, Math and Science are those critical areas, specifically targeting Reading (comprehension/critical thinking) and Writing.

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Longer Day and Start Earlier in the Year

I agree that CPS schools should have a longer day - anywhere from 75 to 90 minutes more makes sense and keeps us in line with most suburban public schools. I also think school should start one week earlier. Most summer camps and programs end three weeks before CPS schools start. I do not think school should end any later than it currently does. As it is, with it ending in the middle of June, most camp programs and summer jobs start the first day of the next week. If CPS goes longer, kids that want to compete with suburban kids for summer jobs or want to attend summer camps that are not strictly for Chicago students will be out of luck. That makes no sense. CPS could also have less days off during the year. Look at November and February, teacher institute days, etc.

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Recess

I understand your desire to lengthen the school day by 90 minutes to improve student education. If this is truly the case, why do you want to use 45 minutes of that time for recess?

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Better for Students

A longer school day is clearly better for students. Teachers and CPS need to work together to make this happen (whether teachers get pay increases or not). And, parents should be wholeheartedly advocating for their children's education.

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Yes to Longer Schools Days

I am a home owner and a parents to 2 CPS students. I would love for my kids to be in school longer. I t will alllow them to learm more. I am not a teacher but a regular worker, that has not receive a raise in 4 years nor do I get holidays off. My health insurance is vey expensive but I pay. You choose to be a teacher to teach children.

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Earlier Start

If the concern about starting school one week early has to do with lack of air conditioning, money should be spent to put in at least some air conditioning at each school (maybe not central, but enough to have some cooling go throughout the buildings). Money for things like this and other improvements to the school and classroom supplies would benefit students and teachers (rather than simply giving more money as a pay raise for teachers to take home). Since most teachers say they use their own money to buy supplies, offer them supplies for their classrooms rather than more take home pay. That benefits everyone.

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Please keep the efforts going

I am a HUGE fan of a longer day program! If you are getting student parent resistance, simply make the program optional.

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Dismissal Time

As a CPS teacher, and resident of Chicago I would like to share my concerns about a 3:30 pm dismissal.

 

There are several hundred thousand CPS students. The majority walk to and from school, and some are picked up by parents. We all know how serious the rush hour can be in Chicago. I feel that we are putting our students at risk by dismissing them so late in the afternoon. The number of cars on our streets exponentially increases after 2:00 pm. In addition, I feel that a 3:30 dismissal will also negatively affect afternoon commutes for ALL Chicagoans because of the influx of congestion.

 

Therefore, If a longer day prevails, it is my opinion that we start them earlier in the morning and dismiss no later than 3:00 pm.

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