Elementary students in the Lubbock Independent School District and students at Lubbock High School will be starting their school days earlier and finishing later for the 2011-2012 school year.
Elementary schools will add 25 minutes to their daily schedules, which will add more than two hours of instruction time in a week. Lubbock High will add 20 minutes a day on Monday through Thursday and 40 minutes to its shortened schedule on Friday, which will add two hours to the weekly schedule.
The other three LISD high schools and the middle schools of the district will adjust their schedules slightly and will have a consistent length of their school day -- from 8:35 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.
Lubbock school district officials surveyed area school districts and school districts similar in size to the LISD and learned Lubbock's school day was slightly shorter than the other school districts.