Parents React to Pomona Middle School Extended School Days

An informational meeting Wednesday night brought hundreds of parents to Pomona Middle School to hear news on the East Ramapo District’s choice to extend the school day by two hours. The district announced in July that they had received a grant from the state Education Department to fund an extended learning period, which will lengthen the day by two periods, a ninth and a tenth. In response to many parents’ anger at the short notice of the changes, Pomona officials stated that they were informed of the grant much later than expected and only had about three weeks to organize the new school days. Various parents at the meeting brought up concerns such as their children walking home at the later hour, and now being unable to participate in after-school activities such as sports. The final dismissal bell for the coming school year will now go off at 5:21 PM instead of the original 3:14 PM for seventh and eighth graders. Principal Christine Alfonso stated that the school is attempting to keep parents and students informed and will be sending home reminders and more information as the school year gets closer. Several parents stated they understand change, and some are happy about it, saying their children deserve the opportunity to learn more and expand future opportunities by raising their grades.

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