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Early release Wednesdays were originally created to give educators time on Wednesday afternoons for professional development activities.
Early release Wednesdays were originally created to give educators time on Wednesday afternoons for professional development activities.
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January 16, 2017

Rapid City Superintendent Considers Ceasing Early Release Days

Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Lori Simon is making a push towards canceling Wednesday early release days, the Rapid City Journal reports. Simon reports that early release Wednesday has created several problems, such as parents not being able to pick up their children and the school needing to keep them occupied until parents arrived. This could provide even more of a problem for parents who have kids going to different schools, as many schools in the district have different release times.

Simon also says one major factor in her decision to not support early release Wednesdays is that Wednesday has gone from being the day with the best attendance to the day with the worst attendance.

Those who support early release days claim the time given to teachers to meet and collaborate on issues is essential, but some would like it moved to Friday in hopes attendance would improve. A task force of teachers and principals will be discussing early release days and possible alternatives.

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