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Make School Day Longer?  Billerica Parents Not Happy With Idea

September 29, 2022

A proposal to lengthen the school day by a half-hour isn’t going over well with some Billerica parents.

A new teachers union contract with the Billerica public schools calls for lengthening the work day from six and a half hours to seven hours. That would also allow the school day to be lengthened.

Too much time in school, too little play time, too much time away from family, rush-hour traffic, and interference with extracurricular activities are among the objections raised by parents, according to The Lowell Sun.

The story quotes five people who have expressed objections. Facebook postings on the matter by a school committee member drew negative comments from about a dozen others.

The Billerica School Committee discussed the matter Tuesday, September 27. Committee members voted to discuss “a possibility to lengthen the student day” with parents and others before the end of January 2023.


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