As the final bell of the regular school day rings through the hallways of Denton Independent School District’s E.P. Rayzor Elementary, hundreds of students pour out to head home. But for about 80 students, the bell signals a new beginning, rather than an end.
In Rayzor’s three-hour extended school day program, participants complete homework, join in social development activities and get additional recess time.
“[Parents] know when school is out they can have a structured supervised program under the hospice of the school run by education professionals,” said Steve Johnson, head coordinator of the district’s extended school day program, which is in place at 21 Denton ISD elementary schools.