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Cedar Falls Schools adds 10 minutes to school day next year

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Students in the Cedar Falls Community School District will have longer school days next year.

Cedar Falls Superintendent Dr. Andy Pattee said the district is adding 10 minutes to each school day to follow, and stay ahead of, state requirements for instruction time.

"We wanted to make sure our instructional hours were at the appropriate level, and certainly where those expectations are met from the City of Cedar Falls," Dr. Pattee said.

The minimum amount of hours required in the classroom per school year is 1,080. Dr. Pattee said, with the 10-minute extension, the district will exceed that requirement by roughly 40 hours.

With 180 days in the school year, adding 10 minutes to each day will result in 1,800 more minutes. That's 30 more hours for the entire school year.

"From our standpoint, especially in Cedar Falls, we maximize the time for student work, student benefits and student learning. Every minute counts," Dr. Pattee said. "It's going to help students, it's going to help staff, it allows more time for direct instruction, small group work and large group work."

All parents, however, aren't sold on the extension. Tim Guldager has a 15-year-old daughter enrolled in Holmes Junior High. He anticipates 10 minutes won't have a groundbreaking effect.

"If it was an extra day of the week, that would be a little bit different. But the 10 minutes... Even though it does add up over that long period of time, I can't see that it's going to be that big of an issue."

According to Dr. Pattee, Cedar Falls teachers will be getting a raise with the extra 10 minutes added to each school day. He said $400 will be added to their base salaries.
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