School started for public schools across Oahu. This year, for the first time, a lot of kids have to go to school earlier and stay longer.
The 915 instructional hours that were required by law in the past have now increased to 990 hours.
“The big change for us is we start at 7:55 instead of 8 a.m., so we’re starting five minutes earlier,” said Michael Harano, principal at Washington Middle School
Then there’s the end of the day which has also been extended. In fact, two days out of the week students will stay an extra 45 minutes. Times on the wall show the new hours, so parents are informed.
What you can’t see is the teacher’s meeting schedule, which was eaten up with the new state law.
“For us, the big problem becomes meeting times with teachers because we lost some time after school,” said Harano.
“Teacher collaboration I think is an important topic, working with colleagues. We have new textbooks coming in and teacher curriculum coming in; it’s very important to collaborate,” said Eric Floro, a teacher.
Figuring out when to meet with the teachers might not be as easy as two plus two, but the principal here at Washington Middle School says the new schedule gets a passing grade.