Okla. school could start later in day

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EDMOND, Okla. — Changes could be coming to the school day for kids in the Deer Creek school district. And even though the plan is in the preliminary stages, it’s already meeting with some resistance. 

The school board heard the plan for the first time Monday night. 

It’s called the Late Start Program and many parents are already saying they hope the plan doesn’t pass.

Officials say the idea behind the plan is to give teachers more planning time. 

One day a week, kids would go to school about an hour later in the morning. 

Teachers would still go on time and use that student free hour to plan curriculum. 

“We are wanting to give them more time to do these things which ultimately, we feel, will benefit students,” said Lenis DeRieux with the Deer Creek school district. 

“It’s going to mess up everybody’s schedule at 8:30 in the morning if they’re trying to work. So yeah, I’d see that as being a problem,” Thomas Kirby said as he picked up his kids from Deer Creek Elementary. 

Many parents we spoke with said the program would be a major headache for their schedules. 

“I think it would mess us up a little bit,” Michelle Conine said.

“It would be extremely, extremely inconvenient,” Shannon Foster said. 

Foster says being a working mom, she’d have to make some hard decisions with the Late Start Program. 

“You know, you’re weighing options between, do I stay home an extra 70 minutes with my kids or do I pay someone?” Foster said.

“I think they’ve got plenty other time to use that 70 minutes instead of rearranging the kids’ schedule,” Jennifer Pearce said.

Some other parents said they feel the plan could work. 

“If school’s out at the same time and everything, I don’t think it would hurt,” Misty Campbell said.

District officials say they welcome the input and would help parents figure out the new schedule. 

“We definitely will receive input from parents and we want to help them problem solve a variety of ways to get their students to school,” DeRieux said.

Teachers already have a planning hour built into their day.

Officials say this would be extra time to work on state and school initiatives. 

No vote was taken Monday night. 

The plan is in the very early stages and officials say the next phase is getting that input from parents.

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