Protests over Apache Junction school schedule changes

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Schedule changes made in the Apache Junction Unified Schools have caused protests. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Schedule changes made in the Apache Junction Unified Schools have caused protests. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
Protests addressing the changes made to the school schedule in Apache Junction. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Protests addressing the changes made to the school schedule in Apache Junction. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
The protesters want to keep a 4-day school week in place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) The protesters want to keep a 4-day school week in place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Teachers, students and community members unhappy with the school district’s decision on recent changes to the school schedule took to the streets Monday to protest.

The Apache Junction School District last week adopted a new, “modified year-round,” schedule. The school board also increased the number of school days in the week from four to five. The switch will be made for the 2018-2019 school year.

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It's been three years since the Apache Junction School District opted to go to the four-day schedule. In 2015' the school board, citing budget reasons, adopted the changes.

[RELATED:Apache Junction School District will go to four-day school week]

Apache Junction schools are not the only district to consider shortening the school week to four days.

[RELATED:Peoria Unified School District to present four-day school week study]

While the district said times haven't been finalized, it plans to have elementary schools start at 8:45 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. and junior high and high school students would start at 7:50 a.m. instead of 6:50 a.m.

Apache Junction Unified School District has more than 3,600 students.

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