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Creative Scheduling Needed for Spanish Immersion at Robert Frost

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The Spanish immersion program in Sioux Falls public schools is now in its 7th year.

It's based out of two elementary schools; Rosa Parks and Robert Frost.

At Robert Frost, they've had to get a little creative toaccommodatee all the students who are in the program.

Spanish immersion is exactly what it sounds like. These kids at Robert Frost take their normal class load but those classes are spoken entirely in Spanish by the teacher and the students.

"Me gusta libros con muchas palabras." It's working for 2nd grader Natalie Nolan, who just told us in Spanish she likes to read books with a lot of words.

But Natalie and her fellow Spanish immersion students at Robert Frost are having to pound the pavement to take their classes. "It's really hard because we go to Robert Frost then IPC then Robert Frost then IPC so we walk a lot."

Robert Frost now finds itself with limited space.

So some of these students start their day at Robert Frost, then walk across the street to the district's Instructional Planning Center for classes, then back to Robert Frost for lunch, then back to the IPC for more classes.

"This is a 2 year temporary fix." Tracy Vik is the principal of the district's K-thru-5 Spanish immersion program.

She says students will have to do the back and forth until the fall of 2016, when all Spanish immersion students will move to what is now Jefferson Elementary. "It will be wonderful to have everyone under the same roof and just so many more experiences for the kids."

2nd grader Jerzi Kool says she won't mind taking the walk twice a day between Robert Frost and the IPC. "I like it because so I can kinda get exercise in."

But Natalie Nolan says on days like today, she is not a fan of that plan. "I like walking when its not so hot."

Tracy Vik also tells us the kids are closely monitored when they cross the street from Robert Frost to the IPC to keep them safe.

They also say they'll be keeping a watchful eye this winter when the temps drop and the snow flies.

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