‘She’s exhausted’: Minneapolis parents worry about impact of extended school days on children – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –Some Minneapolis Public School parents are noticing big changes in their children as a result of the educators’ strike.
Pupils now have to stay late every day and will be in school for most of June.
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WCCO’s Reg Chapman shares some parent concerns and how the district is responding.
Since April 11, when MPS extended its school day, Stephanie Herrmann has noticed a big change in her kindergartener, Raina.
“She comes home tired,” Herrmann said. “She comes home, she is exhausted, she is tired. I’ve never seen her grumpier about coming home, and sometimes she picks on me, just you know, [it’s] been a long day.
Her daughter goes to Waite Park Elementary. She arrives at 9am and is now picked up around 4.50pm
“She’s been in school all day. I don’t know exactly what they feed him. She gets lunch from school, so for her to come home and immediately go to the fridge and want to sit down and lie down,” he said.
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Herrmann is one of many parents who have taken to social media to voice their concerns about longer school days.
One parent said the extra time, in addition to removing the mask mandate, was causing a ton of anxiety. Another parent said, “Both of my kids are zombies, and frankly, so am I.”
The students lost 15 days during the strike. Ten days were added at the end of the school year, and the extra five days are made up by adding 42 minutes to the end of each school day.
Parents tell us that elementary schools meet their requirements by adding those extra 10 days. It was the secondary schools that still lacked five days.
“I imagine. I feel a lot for the kids right now,” Herrmann said.
Parents say the district has chosen to expand to all children so educators can work every day of their contract.
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WCCO requested to speak to a district official about the parents’ concerns, but they did not respond to that request.