PANAMA CITY- Recently there's been discussion about adding an extra hour to the school day in Bay County. It would give teachers more time to teach, and students more time to learn. Right now elementary schools get out at 2, and middle schools release at 2:20. But there are pros and cons when it comes to changing the length of the school day.
Denise Kelley, the Director of Elementary Instructional Services for Bay District Schools, joined NewsChannel 7 "Today" with more on why the extra hour is being considered.
Kelley explained that the possibility is currently in the research phase. The district is exploring cost, as well as the possibility of making the extra hour only for Title One schools. There is also discussion regarding adding just 30 minutes, rather than 60.
Lengthening the school day has improved performance in other Florida schools, as well as right here in Bay County, where Springfield Elementary School's reading scores have improved.