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After-school activities shift around extended schedule
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Hall County School's extended days have also affected the activities on the outskirts of instruction time such as transportation and sports practices.

Transportation Supervisor Mike Garner said with the exception of one or two isolated incidents, parents have been supportive and aware of the later drop off times.

"We really haven't seen anything out of the ordinary," he said. "Things have run very smooth, as a matter of fact."

Flowery Branch High School Athletic Director Shannon Benton said practices and games have gone on as normal this week with some changes to lighten the load on athletes. At his school, one home baseball game was moved back an hour and students have been allowed to leave class a few minutes early to make it to away games on time.

Practices, which normally start around 4 p.m. and go for an hour and a half, are now running from 5 - 6:30 p.m. But coaches have shortened some practices this week and made the activities less strenuous, he said.

Golf practice was of the greatest concern because the courses are not lit, but daylight savings time helped with that, Benton said.

"We're just trying to make as many accommodations for the students to allow them not to be very inconvenienced," he said. "...You're basically just keeping in the rhythm. Practices at the end of the season tend to get shorter anyway. It hasn't been a big factor in the amount of time the kids are away from home."

 

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