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KCPS approves early release on Wednesdays

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Posted at 6:58 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 19:59:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Public schools in Kansas City will let students out early every Wednesday starting in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

The Kansas City Public School Board approved the change May 9. Schools will let out 90 minutes early to allow for additional professional development for teachers. 

The district also noted that there will be no after-school LINC childcare at KCPS sites on Wednesday afternoons. 

"Early release on Wednesdays will provide the professional development our teachers need to ensure that our children are high-achieving critical thinkers prepared to succeed in a constantly changing world and engaged in the improvement of their community," said Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell.

Bedell said in a release that he understands the change is causing concern for parents worried about childcare but said officials spent time getting feedback from hundreds of families before making the change. 

Information about the change can be found at the KCPS website.