Students at 31 elementary schools in our area will see longer school days this year. The requirement forced upon schools by the state is a result of low scores on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) test.
Schools falling within the C, D, F category will have an extra hour tacked onto their day. It could be at the beginning, end, or a combination of the two.
The extra time is intended for extra reading instruction.
In Palm Beach County, 17 schools made the list. In St. Lucie County, there are six. In Okeechobee and Indian River County, there are two each and one in Martin County.
The state says this year there are dozens of schools that improved and will lose the extra hour of school.
In Palm Beach County, some schools kept the hour so improved schools wouldn’t slip. It's unclear if the district will do that again and at what time schools plan to tack on the extra hour of school.
Schools required to have an extra hour of school:
Indian River County
- Dodgertown Elementary School
- Vero Beach Elementary School
- Port Salerno Elementary School
- Everglades Elementary School
- Seminole Elementary School
St. Lucie County
- Weatherbee Elementary School
- Lawnwood Elementary School
- St. Lucie Elementary School
- Chester A. Moore Elementary School
- Lakewood Park Elementary School
Parkway Elementary School
Schools required to have an extra 30 minutes of school:
Palm Beach County
- Lake Park Elementary School
- Washington Elementary Magnet School
- Lincoln Elementary School
- Northmore Elementary School
- Roosevelt Elementary School
- Barton Elementary School
- Lantana Elementary School
- Rolling Green Elementary School
- Gove Elementary School
- Glade View Elementary School
- West Riviera Elementary School
- Grove Park Elementary School
- Indian Pines Elementary School
- Liberty Park Elementary School
- Orchard View Elementary School
- Belle Glade Elementary School
- Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary
Three charter schools within Palm Beach County will also be extended by 30 minutes. These public schools are in the county, but not operated by the Palm Beach County School District.
- Lakeside Academy
- Belle Glade Excel Charter School
- Learning Path Academy
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 17 Palm Beach County School District schools would extend their times by one hour. It has been corrected to reflect the accurate time of only 30 minutes.