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Earlier start to school day for hundreds of NYC schools

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The school day will start earlier for students and staff of more than 450 schools in New York City starting in September, according to the New York Daily News.

NYC Department of Education told the paper the change in time is in compliance with the new union contract. It will allow for extra time after school for teacher training and parent-teacher conferences.

Teacher training will occur at the end of the school day on Mondays with teachers participating in professional development for 80 minutes. 

On Tuesdays, teachers will be available for parents for 75 minutes after school. The use of after school time on other days is at the teacher’s discretion.

It is up to the school's principal to set a start time, but school must end by 4 p.m., according to the new contract. Some schools will start 10-20 minutes earlier. 

Parents are up in arms about the change in time. A petition has started on Change.org called “Revert the change of schools’ start time for city-wide schools.”

“Our children will be forced to wake up 40 minutes earlier which means they will be less rested and therefore less healthy,” according to the petition organized by Dzianis Kapylou, who lives in Brooklyn but has his daughter enrolled at the Talented & Gifted School for Young Scholars in East Harlem.

Kapylou told the Daily News he will have to wake up his daughter at 6 a.m. to make it to school on time

Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, told the paper parents were left in the dark on the decision.

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