New, expanded school day option for middle school, high school
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Students in grades 6-12 will have a new option to extend their in-person school days by one hour to get additional support in Humanities (English Language Arts/Social Studies), Math or Science—whatever they choose—beginning Monday, April 19.

“We recognize from our experiences with hybrid learning that some of our students would like, or need, extra time with a teacher to help them improve in some of their courses,” said Doug Hostetter, executive director of secondary education. “We will now offer this extended learning opportunity for students, in addition to the after-school sports, intramurals in middle school and established clubs.”

High school courses will run from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m.

  • Please note extended learning time is already offered at SOTA, SAMi, IDEA, Foss and Oakland, but utilizing a different schedule.

Middle school courses will run from 2:50 to 3:50 p.m.

What do parents and students need to know?

  • Each school will choose its own onsite locations at meet all COVID-19 safety requirements
  • Students participate only on their assigned cohort days. 
  • Activity busses may be available; check with your school.
  • ORCA cards to ride free on Pierce Transit buses will be available.
  • Staff members will register students in attendance.
  • Students leave campus after they are finished with their class.

Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 |

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