Fort Wayne Community Schools board members voted tonight to add one hour of instructional time to the end of each school day from March 3 to April 11.
The changes will not include an extended day on March 28 – the Friday before the district’s spring break vacation – because many families have already made plans based on a regular dismissal time, officials said.
District officials said they decided against having students attend Saturday school, Good Friday or Memorial Day because more students and staff were likely to be absent during those days.
As a result of the changes, after-school activities at elementary schools will be canceled during the five weeks of extended days.
Middle and high school extra-curricular activities will continue to take place after school. Middle school, however, will only offer activities, including practices, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Practice times and meeting times will be adjusted as necessary, officials said.
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