August 8, By Christian Murray
Many parents with children at PS/IS 78 are upset that the Department of Education plans to change the time school starts to 8:00 am
The Department of Education notified parents that school will start 40 minutes earlier this fall than it is now—and that school will end at 2:20 pm instead of 3:00 pm.
While the policy affects parents at PS 78, it is part of a city wide decision that changes the start time at about 450 schools across the city.
The decision was included as part of the teachers’ union contract the city agreed to earlier this year.
The parents at PS/IS 78 have already started a petition and are looking to work with the school to amend the school hours.
The parents’ main concern is that it would provide them with less quality time with their children; potentially increase childcare expenses; and may affect their children’s ability to learn.
Louis Pavone, the principal at PS/IS 78, could not be reached for comment. However, parents at other schools who have voiced similar concerns have been able to alter the hours.
For a copy of the petition, click here