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School board approves new scheduling plan

The Gloucester County School Board approved a scheduling plan Tuesday that will lengthen the school day for Gloucester High School students by 20 minutes and give them the opportunity to take more classes. The decision came in the board’s annual re-organizational meeting at the T.C. Walker Education Center. 

The board discussed options but did not decide whether it would start the GHS school day earlier, have it run later into the afternoon or split the added 20 minutes between start and dismissal times. It decided to delay that decision until next month or March. 

GHS currently runs on a seven block alternating A/B schedule which gives students seven classes that they attend every other day on an alternating basis throughout the year. GHS principal Nate Collins said in a survey of 104 Virginia school divisions only 11 have schools that operate on this schedule.

Collins recommended GHS move to a “hybrid” four-by-four schedule, which has most students taki...

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