Roseville schools lengthening class day for kindergartners

One school district is adding the equivalent of more than 50 days of school for kindergartners, but they're not changing their school calendar a single day.

Kindergarten students at all nine elementary schools in the Roseville City School District will increase their class minutes from 200 to 300 a day.

"We find that students benefit from being in school longer both academically and socially," Sargeant Elementary School Principal Teri Seaman said.

According to the California Education Code, the minimum instructional minutes for kindergarten is 180 minutes a day.

School leaders say the reason they made the switch is to keep up with state and national standards.

"People may have said that it may be too much and we have not found that true at Sargeant school," Seaman said.

Some parents said they were concerned about the effect longer days would have on their kids,

"Feeling tired and the ability to concentrate in the afternoon in those extra hours," parent Kim Nunn said.

However, Nunn says since her child has participated in the pilot program, she's seeing results, and that has erased any doubt.

"It's so exciting to see the new ideas and the new math they are learning," she said.

School district leaders say the additional time will have not have a significant impact financially on the district.

Seaman says having kids in school longer is also marketable to parents who are juggling a busy schedule.

"Many of our parents work or they have other activities going on, they are in day care programs," Seaman said. "They would much rather see them in school than in day care programs."


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