Longer school day is met with mostly positive reviews

Rae Wade, Staff writer

For two years now, St. Joseph has been running on a new, “adjusted” schedule in which students are in school from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., changed from the old 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Another change that was instituted with the onset of the 2018-19 school year was that the number of classes increased from seven to nine, as well.

 

Now almost two full school years into the change, how have students adjusted to the longer school day? The reaction has been mixed.

 

One junior student says she likes the longer schedule.

 

“It’s better than the original schedule,” said Mariah. “Before we only had 20 minutes to eat our lunch.”

 

Another student also had praise for the new schedule.

 

“I like it because of the lunch hours,” said Angel. “I don’t mind getting out at three. I could see some people minding if they have extra curriculars or jobs that start early, but I take the bus home later, so it doesn’t bother me.”

 

There are some detractors, though, to the new schedule.

 

“I liked the old, shorter schedule better,” said Chazz, a junior.

 

Those who don’t like the new schedule basically just don’t like getting out a half-hour later, but for the most part, students like the longer lunch and aren’t really bothered by the extra 30 minutes to the school day.