CAYUGA, Ind. (WTHI) – Chances are, the first graders playing outside at North Vermillion Elementary School are too young to comprehend why the school day is longer. Why release time, that used to be at 3 p.m. is now 3:45 p.m.
“To be honest with you, the kids have not really shown a whole lot of really tiring down toward the last part of our extended day now — they’ve really been good and pushed forward through and we’ve been able to keep learning,” said Brian Byrum, commenting on North Vermillion’s opting for extended days to make up the 11 snow days the corporation missed this winter.
“I’m very pleased and surprised at how well things are going,” said Mike Turner, superintendent of North Vermillion Schools.
Both Byrum and Turner say the kids are adjusting quite nicely to the extended day formula: from a 3 p.m. to a 3:45 p.m. release time for K thru 6th graders; and a 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. dismissal time for 7th thru 12th graders.
“So, we started all this on March 3rd,” said Turner. “Today, we’re finishing two weeks of extended time and then we will have all this completed — barring any unforeseen cancellations between now and then – on May 6th, that’s a Tuesday!”
Superintendent Turner says North Vermillion should still make its final student day of May 22, with graduation set for Saturday, May 24.