HOUSTON - Students in Houston ISD will have longer school days thanks to Hurricane Harvey.

School board members met Thursday evening and approved the proposal to add more class time at schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

One of the schools hit by the storm, Hilliard Elementary on the northeast side, has damage that could take months to repair.

Classrooms across the area were flooded and roofs need repairs. Twelve schools were impacted by Harvey and were delayed the start of the school year.

The proposal requires students starting on September 18th to go an 25 extra minutes a day. For students at schools that will start on September 25th, an extra 55 minutes will be added to class time. The extended days will last through December.

A 4th grader named Oliver Hoffman wrote a message to the HISD Superintendent about Harvey on Thursday.

Hoffman asked for the board not to extend school days because students need rest and more time with their families to recover from the storm.