Fifth Graders have the opportunity to join band. Many already are involved in the Suzuki Strings Program. Here is the problem. 27 of my 31 fifth graders take band, orchestra or both. Individual lessons are 30 minutes long + 10 minutes travel time. Full Group Band rehearsal is scheduled right in the middle of ILA (45 minutes). Three days per week, I have kids running in and out for their band lessons. It would be impossible to reteach everything they miss. According to our principal, lessons cannot be scheduled during any "specials" (PE, MUSIC, ART) This leaves math, ILA, Social Studies or Science. Is this unique to our district? How do you handle pull-outs?