Wake is one big step closer toward more early release days and weekly early dismissals.
School board members gave tentative approval today to a plan to add 10 minutes to the school day beginning this upcoming school year. The extra time would allow Wake to add two more early release days for elementary and middle schools and allow all schools to dismiss one hour early once a week.
The repeated message today was how the extra planning time from those early release days and early dismissals will help teachers and ultimately students.
It's uncertain how the schools would get those 10 minutes except that the board told staff that high schools would not be allowed to start any earlier.
Previously, the time committee had put two options on the table. One called for starting schools five minutes early. The other called for starting school 10 minutes early.
The committee presented a revised version of the 10 minute recommendation today. They left it up to schools how to get those 10 minutes.
Supt. Del Burns said transportation issues would decide how those schools would get those 10 minutes. He expects most schools to end the day later, meaning a majority of elementary schools could be out at 3:55 p.m.
But some elementary schools and middle schools might start earlier. For instance, East Garner Elementary Principal James Overman said buses arrive at 8:45 a.m. even though the day officially starts at 9:15 a.m. Overman, a member of the time committee, said they might start at 9:05 a.m.
A final board vote could happen next week.