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Nine-period schedule to return in West Hempstead

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The West Hempstead School District’s secondary schools will be reinstating the nine-period school day schedule starting in 2019-20, as announced at a board of education meeting on May 7.

Due to budget cuts in 2013, the West Hempstead School District was forced to make some tough decisions, which included reducing the number of periods in the school day at the high school from nine to eight that September. Students who choose to forgo a lunch period were forced to miss 10 minutes or more of class time in order to go to the cafeteria, buy lunch and bring it back to their classrooms.

Earlier this year, the school board and district Superintendent Daniel Rehman discussed their goal to bring back the nine-period schedule as a way to expand learning opportunities for students. District officials said that this change would have no impact on the budget.

“We look forward to this wonderful opportunity for our students and thank all of those involved,” said Board President Karen Brohm.

Compiled by Nakeem Grant