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Gwinnett schools to add 30 minutes to students' day

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Officials at Gwinnett County schools announced Monday that they will add a half-hour to students' remaining school days in an effort to make up class time lost because of winter weather.

The district has also canceled three teacher workdays.

Students in Gwinnett County missed seven days of school after recent snow and ice storms in metro Atlanta.

"I'm shocked that they're doing that," said Charlotte Bower, whose son is a junior. "Thirty minutes to the school day?"

Bower said she prefers adding additional days at the end of the school year, rather than disrupting the usual school hours.

Others also agreed that adding time to students' school day is not the best option.

"The attention span?" asked Jack Heffernan whose grandchildren attend school in the district. "I mean, you pretty much wear them out at the end of the day anyway. Adding 30 minutes? All they'll be thinking of is going home."

District leaders said they considered various options and decided a lengthier school day was the least disruptive and will give students the instruction they missed.

Schools will have the flexibility to use the additional half-hour as they see fit.

"Some of them want to use it for math," said school spokesman Jorge Quintana. "Some of them want to use it for reading. It really is up to them on where they feel their students need that time, where they want to focus."

The state requires students to have the equivalent of 180 days of instruction. However, state education leaders waived that requirement because of the severe weather.

Gwinnett County students will have extended days from March 3 through May 14. Spring break will not be altered.

"Make up the days? Add on the time"? asked Bowers. "Not everybody's going to be happy."

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