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EPISD starts school Monday with new dismissal times

EPISD starts school Monday with new dismissal times.

On Monday, it’s back to school for students within El Paso Independent School District.

As they start the new school year, they will also see a new dismissal time.

Superintendent for EPISD, Juan Cabrera said they’re adding several more minutes to the day.

"So, we've added 10 minutes to the day, for a couple of reasons,” he said.

The parents and students KFOX14 spoke with gave mixed reaction to the change.

"It's going to give us more time to finish our work on time, because there are some classes that you have to kind of rush to finish your work,” said EPISD student Andres Vicaro. “So, it's good that we're getting more time."

"It's not that bad, but I kind of don't want to be in school for 10 more minutes,” said EPISD student Jacob Patino.

Cabrera told KFOX14 the change was necessary.

“First of all, that allows us to bank some minutes that we can use later in the year, if we need an emergency day or if we need to take some time off, for any reason,” he said.

According to EPISD, elementary school will dismiss at 3:25 p.m., middle school students will finish at 3:00 p.m. and high school students will end their day at 3:55 p.m.

“It also gives us some flexibility on our bus routes, to make sure that we can keep our expected pick-up and drop-off times,” he said. “You don't have buses just for middle, elementary, high school. You stagger the times so that you can use the same buses."

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