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After spring break, Maize students to have slightly longer school day

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.

Maize schools will add five minutes to the school day to make up for recent snow days, officials said.

Lori O’Toole Buselt, spokeswoman for the Maize district, said all schools will release five minutes later beginning March 24 – the day students return from spring break – until the end of the year. The change will not affect students in the district’s early childhood programs.

“When we looked at how we could make up the state-required time in the most cost-effective, least disruptive way, this was an option,” she said.

Many local school districts canceled classes for at least three days earlier this month, when the Wichita area received about 9 inches of snow.

Wichita district spokeswoman Wendy Johnson said Wichita schools are not planning to make up any time. “As it stands today, all schools and grade levels are good” as they relate to state requirements, she said in an e-mail.

“If we have additional snow days, we may have a few high schools for which senior hours will be a concern,” she said.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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