Controversial recess cuts considered in Menands

November 15, 2017 11:37 PM

MENANDS - Recess has been cut to 10 minutes in the Menands Union Free School District.

The superintendent says it's being done because teachers need more time for lessons in the classrooms.

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Many parents are not happy. A public forum was taking place on Wednesday evening.

The lunch and recess schedule used to be 40 minutes. The Menands Union Free School District went from a five-day to a six-day rotational schedule. School officials were looking to get more teaching time out of the new schedule, so they decided to reduce lunch and recess to 30 minutes. That's 20 minutes for kids to eat and 10 minutes of recreational time.

It's not clear what students will be able to do in 10 minutes, but school officials say this was the best option.

The meeting was taking place at the school from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside the cafeteria.


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