ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The first day of school for most kids at Rochester Public Schools was Tuesday, but for the youngest Rochester students, that day was Thursday.
Kindergarten students across the district started Thursday and for several elementary schools it was the first day of all-day kindergarten ever.
Over the summer the Rochester school board voted to expand all-day kindergarten to all elementary schools where there were enough classrooms starting this year.
One of those schools is Bamber Valley Elementary.
That made Thursday an exceptionally big day for the about 150 kindergartners there that went to their first day of school.
We're told the best parts of the new longer day are being able to play outside and making new friends.
For kids who are new to school and parents who are new to all-day kindergarten, the long day was a bit of an adjustment, but we hear its a good one.
"Now we have a whole day," said parent Kari Ostergard. "They'll be able to learn more. They get to experience more. They get the Phy. Ed. They get the music. So in the long run I think it will be much better for the kids."
RPS is building additional classrooms on buildings that don't have enough rooms for all day kindergarten so all-day kindergarten will be district wide by the start of the next school year.
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