Extending the School Day for Instruction

With the emphasis on academic achievement, the Jasper County School District has extended the school instructional day by 15 minutes.

The school day is being extended to allow 90 minutes of uninterrupted instruction in English Language Arts (ELA) at the secondary level.  This is a new state requirement as mandated by The Read to Succeed Act.  The goal of Read to Succeed is to ensure all students graduate from high school with the reading and writing skills needed to be college and career-ready.  Improving literacy among our students will be a major emphasis for the school district this year.  New staff orientation, employee training, and volunteer meetings are being held to share information and prepare individuals for district-wide literacy and reading initiatives.

The extended time will benefit all schools as instructional staff will be able to facilitate and monitor instruction more closely.  They will also have more time to work with students who perform in the lower quartiles on district and state assessments.

The new dismissal time for elementary schools will be 2:45 p.m.; dismissal time for the middle and high schools will be 3:00 p.m.  The additional 15 minutes will not affect staff hours.