WPTV: Changes coming to Martin County high schools

Article Posted on June 21, 2018

By: Jillian Idle, WPTV

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla-- - There’s still 7.5 weeks of summer left, but once high school students in Martin County file back into class they will be greeted with longer school days.

Starting August 13, Martin County, Jensen Beach and South Fork high schools will tack on an extra 40 minutes to the school day.

“For teachers it’s crucial,” said South Fork HS teacher Karen Resciniti. 

Resciniti is part of the committee that got this new change approved. She’s not only looking forward to the extra planning time, but teaching one less class a day.

“Many teachers had upward of 225 students and it’s just hard to give quality instruction when you’re in charge of that many kids,” said Resciniti. 

Teachers will go from teaching 7 class periods a day down to 6. The change means more time to plan lessons, grade papers and schedule parent meetings.

Students will still have 7 class periods, but more time in each class. The new schedule will require kids to be in their first class by 8:20 a.m. and the last bell will ring at 3:00 p.m. However, the changes aren’t sitting well with every parent in the district…

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