Wake County students should get ready to spend about an extra 10 minutes a day in class for the 2013-14 school year.
The school board approved tonight the 2013-14 calendars for the traditional, year-round and modified schools. All three maintain the use of 180 days of school.
The General Assembly modified the calendar law this year to say that, beginning in 2013-14, school districts would have to either 185 days or at least 1,025 hours of instruction. When legislators changed the law last year to require both, most districts got waivers to stick with the old requirement of 180 days and at least 1,000 hours.
School administrators don't yet have the details of how they'd modify bell schedules next year to get the extra 25 hours. But it could be a tricky balancing act as high school families probably will complain about starting earlier and elementary school families will object to ending later.
Click here to view the 2013-14 calendars adopted by the school board on Tuesday. The only calendar not approved yet is for the early colleges and leadership academies. Since those schools are linked with the universities, Wake is waiting to see the 2013-14 college schedules.