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Published August 28, 2013, 10:28 PM

Parents adjust schedules for school pick-up

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The addition of a half-hour to the school day means school pick-up will have to be adjusted. That is easier for some parents than for others.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The addition of a half-hour to the school day means school pick-up will have to be adjusted. That is easier for some parents than for others.

While many schools were bustling today, five Fargo schools, including Horace Mann, stayed quiet.

But once school is back in session, the day will be a half-hour longer and that could throw off some parents' schedules.

Thirty minutes: It might not sound like a lot, but for a working parent with a school-age child, it can cause a headache in scheduling school pick-up.

Melanie Paape says she is fortunate that her schedule is flexible.

Melanie Paape- Fargo Parent: “I usually work until my kids are done with school and I pick them up and I'm done. So, for me, it's not going to be that big of a deal. In fact, I'll get an extra half-hour of work in so that will be a benefit for me. Some other parents may have some other difficulties in changing that.”

Paape has two children at Lewis and Clark, one of the schools that is closed this week.

She says at first, she was concerned about adding time on to the school day.

Paape: "I was a little concerned. I know they had talked about lengthening it a little while ago; just about the attention spans of the kids. I think by doing it a little each time, I think that's going to make it easier on them."

Several parents and community members sounded off on Facebook when they heard about the plan.

One parent said, "I want a better education for my child; not an easier lifestyle."

Another pointed out that it is difficult for single parents to adjust their schedules. This parent said, "We'll make the adjustments for scheduling for the extra 30 minutes. Just glad my five-year-old won't be on the top floor of his school covered in sweat."

That basically sums up how Paape feels about the situation, as well.

Paape: "Probably not the most ideal in our situation, but I think it's better than them having been roasting away this whole week."

Paape says though this may be the best option for now, she thinks the air conditioning issue in the school should have been dealt with a long time ago.

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