Elkhart Schools' referendum money allowed for shorter elementary day

The school corporation will dismiss students 40 minutes early every Wednesday again this year. Regular dismissal time for elementary students will be 3:35 p.m.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

Elementary students in Elkhart Community Schools will have a shorter day next school year, thanks to extra money coming in from the referendum.

They will start school at 8:35 a.m. and end their day at 3:35 p.m., except for Wednesdays, when all students will be dismissed 40 minutes early to give teachers collaboration time.

“Due to the community’s vote and passage of the school referenda, we are able to modify the school day for our elementary students based on our transportation fund resources,” said Rob Haworth, superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools, in a statement.

Previously, some elementary students were on the bus for more than an hour and getting home later than 5 p.m. This year, elementary school dismissal will be 25 minutes earlier than it was during the 2013-14 school year.

Haworth also noted in his statement that school officials feel it’s important for the elementary day to start after the traditional morning “rush hour” in order to keep kids who walk to school safe.

The school day schedule for middle school and high school students hasn't been decided yet, partly because the school corporation doesn't know how many bus drivers it will have available.

Middle school and high school students also will be dismissed 40 minutes early on Wednesdays, however.

Roosevelt STEAM Academy is the only elementary school with a different schedule. Roosevelt students will attend school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 2:15 dismissal on Wednesdays.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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