(13WHAM) Rochester, N.Y. - Five Rochester elementary schools will expand their school day next school year. The schools were selected by a national program that will allow them to provide extra instructional time by adding 300 hours of school time for the year.
That's equivalent to eight extra school weeks.
That means students will see an extra 60 to 90 minutes to each school day, depending on the needs of the students in each school.
RCSD Superintendent Bolgen Vargas hopes the move will help bridge the gap between city and suburban schools.
According to the district, city elementary students get 972 hours per year of instructional time.
Thet process involved a fully collaborative planning among teachers who voted for the program, community members, union officials, parents and administrators.
Sstudents will also have extra-curricular activities such as knitting, French class and participating in a step team.
Schools 9, 10, 23, 45 and 46 will take part in the program next school year.
Vargas said he hopes to add more schools in the future.