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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District will have longer school days because of snow days earlier in the year.

Beginning on March 30 and continuing for the rest of the school year, the school day for all students will begin 10 minutes earlier and end 10 minutes later to make up for hours lost due to days when school was canceled because of bad weather. This also includes preschool and alternative kindergarten programs.

“This is the first year that we have counted our school year according to hours rather than days,” Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson said in a written statement. “One of the reasons we did this was to allow us to make up lost instructional time by adjusting the length of the school day schedule rather than adding days to the end of the school year.”

Schools in the district will follow the schedules below:

- Morning preschool and alternative kindergarten classes will be from 8:30 -11:40 a.m.
- Afternoon preschool and alternative kindergarten classes will be from 12:40 – 3:50 p.m.
- Elementary schools will begin the school day at 8:50 a.m. and conclude at 3:55 p.m.
- Middle schools will begin classes at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:00 p.m.
- Jefferson High School will begin classes at 7:40 a.m. and dismiss at 3:10 (with an early dismissal on Wednesdays)
- Kennedy High School will begin classes at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 2:55 p.m.
- Metro High School will begin classes at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:26 (with an early dismissal on Wednesdays)
- Washington High School will begin classes at 8:05 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m.

The district says that already scheduled early-dismissal times will not change and will continue to be 12:30 p.m. for middle and high schools and 1:30 p.m. for elementary schools.

As long as there are no other delays or cancellations, the 2014-15 school year is scheduled to end on June 5. The school year at Taylor Elementary School is scheduled to end on May 28.

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