Las Cruces public schools proposing to extend the academic school year

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Las Cruces students could spend more time in the classroom and parents are split on how they feel about it.

The Las Cruces Public School interim superintendent laid out the proposal in a video presentation but emphasized this is just a proposal, and the school board is unsure which direction it will go.

The proposal would add 10 instructional days to the school year for students in middle and high school, and 25 days for students k-5.

The additional days has some parents frustrated.

“Our kids are already being burnt out with a lot of other problems going on through the district and to add on 5 weeks for our kids that are our youngest, are our babies,” said parent Rebekah Shepherd.

The proposed calendar would have k-5 students be released for summer at the start of June and return for a new year in the middle of July.

“This is a issue because I co-parent with her father and we both have designated time with her over the summer and that would significantly impact our situation,” said Angelica Upton.

Officials say some of the benefits for students include an increase of over 180 hours of quality instruction for elementary students and 75 hours for middle school and high school students.

Another goal would be to decrease the “summer learning loss,” as well as increase security for students. The change, if applied, would require an increase in funding for extended learning materials, field trips. and co-curricular activities.

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