Early release days temporarily terminated

Early-release Wednesdays — which were designed to give teachers more planning time after the districted mandated that they teach six of seven classes instead of five of seven — have been discontinued until the end of the school year.

“As a senior, I’m not really concerned that early release days are over because the rest of this year should be a breeze.” senior Kha Duong said.

But others, including freshman Kenzie Scott, have expressed disappointment that early release Wednesdays — which allow students to leave school at 2:15 p.m. as opposed to the usual 3:30 p.m. — have been terminated.

“I usually use the extra time given to us on early release days to catch up on school work,” she said. “Now that we don’t have anymore, I really hope I can keep up with all my assignments.”

The district has stopped release days because standardized testing season has arrived. In order to complete the state and district testing requirements students will need to complete a full day of school each Wednesday. Early release days will resume during finals week.

“I’m just counting down the days until final weeks so we can have early release days back,” sophomore Lauren McMillan said. “They really take a lot of stress off of students and teachers.”