The decision to extend the school day was made by the Jefferson Parish School Board on September 17. Principals, with input from their staff, will have discretion as to where to focus the 30 minutes to achieve the greatest academic impact.
"Jefferson Parish students missed 2,500 minutes of instruction due to Hurricane Isaac," said Acting Superintendent James Meza. "Given where we are academically as a district and the goals we set for our students this year, we knew our students could not afford to miss that much time in school. We looked upon this as an opportunity to give students what they need – more time to learn."
The extended school day will be in effect until Friday, March 1, 2013.
Four schools that were severely damaged by Hurricane Isaac -- Leo Kerner Elementary, Fisher Middle and High, John Ehret High and Stella Worley Middle -- will make up an additional two days. Principals of those schools will inform parents of their plans for those days.