- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A longer school day is in store for East Baton Rouge Parish school students to make up for the four lost due to icy, snowy weather in January.

Students will spend an extra 30 minutes in school starting Monday and lasting for about a month. In addition, school will be held on two days that students had been scheduled to have off - March 5, which is Ash Wednesday, and March 14, which was supposed to be a teacher training day.

The change means school will let out at 2:55 p.m. for middle and high schools, and 3:55 p.m. for elementary schools. In all, there will be 25 longer school days, the last one on March 18.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1kj0Fbx) the School Board voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the change in the school calendar.

Catholic schools in East Baton Rouge Parish will follow the same schedule as the parish school system.

The 2013-14 school year still ends May 22.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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