It's 'Wacky Wednesday'

August 26, 2009 4:32:40 AM PDT
Wake County parents are scrambling to try to figure out how to handle a new schedule.Classes will let out early Wednesday and every Wednesday for the rest of the school year.

It's a brand new plan where school lets out an hour early. Six of those Wednesdays this school year will let out two-and-a-half hours ahead of schedule.

"This is not planning time it's not time for grading papers," said Greg Thomas with Wake County public schools. "It's a time for teachers to get together and really collaborate and discuss -for example- individual students."

Wake County schools approved the new bell schedule this year.

Teachers will meet across grade levels and subject matters to discuss ways to enhance individual student achievement.

But some say a staff meeting might have been a better time. They said school officials weren't "thinking" about parents when they made the plan.

"I think it's inconvenient for parents who work either full time or part time because you have to either shuffle your job pray that you have a employer that is understand or you have to find child care," parent Renee Saddler said.

"As far as the 'wacky Wednesday,' I am not a fan," parent Cheri Phillips said.

She has several kids in the school system and is shuffling schedules. She said she will also take advantage of after school programs.

"Our school has worked it out that they are going to have an after school program they're going to offer it just on Wednesdays to other people who don't do it full time which I think is a wonderful offering," Phillips said.

Wake County schools are allowing parents to enroll in a Wednesday only after school program if they cannot make it to pick up their child.

It will cost parents between about $300 and $400 for the year.

More information is available on Wake County schools' Web site at www.wcpss.net/wednesdays

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