Baugo students get longer days too

Baugo Community Schools is the fourth local school district to announce plans to lengthen its school days to make up for snow days.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

Baugo Community Schools is the latest Elkhart County school district to announce a complicated makeup schedule.

Starting Monday, April 14, Baugo students at all grade levels will start school 20 minutes earlier. Doing that until the end of the year will allow students to make up two full school days, according to Superintendent Jim DuBois.

DuBois said Friday, March 28, that teachers came up with the plan to extend the school day, inspired by local districts that have done the same. 

Middlebury high school students started attending school 20 minutes longer March 10, while elementary students had 17 minutes added to their day.

Concord students will be in school an hour longer each day starting April 14.

Goshen students will have their school day extended by 10 minutes, also starting April 14.

Baugo Superintendent DuBois said the district has taken "a multi-faceted approach" to making up the 11 days students missed this year.

Two days were waived by the state and two "vacation days" — March 24 and April 18 — were changed to regular school days.

But that still put students' last day on June 9, the Monday after graduation, DuBois said. 

That's how the school hatched the plan to extend the school day. With this plan, the last student day will be June 5.

"Each school will kind of do their own thing with the extra 20 minutes a day," DuBois said, adding that younger students will be doing more reading and skill development while high school students will have longer class periods. 

High school students should be ready to board the bus 20 minutes earlier than usual. Elementary students will be picked up just 10 minutes earlier, because they have more cushion before the school day starts, he said.

For more information about Baugo's makeup plan, visit the school district's website at www.baugo.org.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks


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