School days will be 10 minutes longer and spring break one day shorter as a result of the plan the Prince William School Board approved Wednesday to make up for school time lost to snowy weather this year.
The good news? If there are no additional days lost to bad weather, the last day of school will be Thursday, June 19 instead of Friday, June 20. Also students might be released early in the last day, but that has yet to be determined.
School will be in session on Monday, April 21, which had been the last day of Spring Break.
School members unanimously approved the plan.
The board reached its decision after an extended debate about the ramifications of having school on Monday, April 21.
Starting March 31 and running through June 18 the school day will be 10 minutes longer to make up for 13 days lost to inclement weather this year.
Standards of Learning tests would be pushed back so that the last day of testing would be June 13.
Associate Superintendent Tim Healey said the snow days and six two-hour delays amounts to a total loss of three weeks of school.
School officials took a lot of heat from parents after a decision to limit elementary school recess to 10 minutes instead of 15 to make up for instructional time lost to snow days. The limited recess will remain through the rest of the school year.