Putnam County students to have longer school days

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- More than 10,000 students in Putnam County returned to school Tuesday morning.

Debrina Neely can't believe her daughter, Dalyan, is already in 6th grade at C.L. Overturf Jr. 6th Grade Center.

"I just remember changing her Pampers. They grow up fast," she said.

Shevell Davis said her son, Derrick, is autistic. She said the transition to a new school is a little overwhelming.

"I know he's nervous about having the six classes and the different teachers because he's not used to that," she said.

Laurel Cornelio said her daughter, Payton, is excited for her first day but worried about finding her way around the campus.

"I hope she finds every class and I hope she has a good day," she said.

The school opened last year and serves students from all five of Palatka's public elementary schools.

"We want to transition them academically, socially, emotionally. They go through a lot of changes in this year," said principal Tonya Whitehurst.

One big change students will notice immediately are longer school days.

In May, The Putnam County School Board decided to lengthen the school day by 35 minutes for nearly all schools in the district.

For the most part, parents think the idea is a good one.

"The more time, the better off. They learn a little more. It's better for them, I think," Neely said.

Whitehurst agrees.

"The more time that we have that we can be in the classroom instructing students, it's just going to benefit them," she said.

This year, nearly 400 students are enrolled at C.L. Overturf Jr. 6th Grade Center.


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