Saturday, March 14, 2015

Year-Round School: Opinions?


Would you support a year-round school schedule?

I knew it was coming because they told us it was coming, yet still I was unprepared for it despite my preparations to speak out against it.

The school district here called a board meeting and parents and community members were given a public shout-out to come and attend if they wanted to voice their opinions on all-day school. It's something the school clearly wants to push forward and implement...of that much I am certain.

What I was not certain of, is how much support or lack thereof that that board would get from parents. Turns out there were mild objections, a lot of support, and well...me. ;)

I fully support the children being home all summer long. I understand the pros and cons of the students being in school year-round, but I think they need a real break, not just spotty here and there breaks throughout the year. One of the great things about being a child is summer vacation!!!

Countless studies have shown that during summer break, a large number of students lose academic ground, or experience the dreaded 'summer slide.'  That extended break time has also been cited as a huge contributor to the achievement gap between lower-income students and their higher-income  peers. It has even been blamed for childhood obesity (with the finger being pointed at lazy summers leading to inactivity...leading to weight gain).

I understand too, that funding for schools is oft times directly related to how well students perform on standardized testing. That means the learning drag from time off can be, well... a drag as teachers have their hands forced to reiterate material taught the (school) year before, prior to being able to move on to content that is new.

Kids need time to play!

Those points and more, resonate with me clearly, but...

My concerns are:

Burnout for the students. I think there is a huge potential, with a year-long school schedule, for students to just plain burn out. Burnout can lead to things like complacency. Right now the kids look forward to going back to school, after their summer break is over. That, I suspect, is in no small part directly related to the fact that they had a nice healthy break from it.

Burnout for the teachers. Most of my academic career was spent in higher ed. administration...but when we moved to the state we live in now, those positions in our rural community were scarce so I did a stint in the public schools. One thing the teachers very much looked forward to, was the time to regroup and refresh over the summer break.

The school I worked for was in large part for challenged academic youth (or a large number of students who had been kicked out of one or more other public schools and were at the end of their rope for finding places to go). The teachers cared for the students immensely (we had a wonderful group of teachers!) but a lot of work went into teaching those kids, and just as much work went into the emotional requirements it took to do so effectively. By the end of the school year, a nice long break was truly needed.

Money. Funding for the schools is always stretching the rubberband to its limit as is, so with a year-round budget, fiscal considerations have to be put on the table. State and local legislators balance their budgets based on a 9-month schedule, and it's already tight, to say the least. How can 12 months be eeked out of an already straining money line, without someone having to pay the price (literally and figuratively speaking)? I could go on and on, but it's pretty self-explanatory how a domino effect could take place in so many directions with this one, so I'll move on.

Personal Preference. Maybe it is a deeply embedded cultural norm for me, but I like summer break. I like the kids home; appreciate their lack of a tight schedule; and enjoy the free time we have for things like playing and vacation time. Those are all things I cherished in my youth, and all things my children cherish now in their own.

Please do not misconstrue what I say to mean I do not support our local schools and the decisions they make. I am an avid supporter of our district, and a huge proponent of education in general. My concerns for academic achievement run long and strong, but I am equally a proponent of time to rest. Summer vacation allows that for the teachers, the administrators, the students, and the parents too. For all of the reasons stated above, and more, I would hate to see that go.

My preference is now voiced and known, however little that might mean in the large scheme of things. We'll see how it all goes, and of course, we'll conform to the changes if we must, and willingly so, because that's what parents do. I am hoping beyond hope though, that the proposal gets shot down, and things remain, as far as the scheduling of the academic calendar goes, as they are today.

Do you have, or would you support school year-round in your district?

137 comments:

  1. Pffft hell no. I wouldn`t be as tactful as you, as you can tell lol kids need a break and need to learn about life through other means, family vacations, family time, etc. Plus what about high school kids who want to get a summer job for car, college, or just to have money. They wouldn`t be able to do that as no employer is going to hire them like they would in the summer for weekends or something. Then there is the burn out factor as you say, kids already are forced to grow up too fast, doing that is as bad as working the 9-5. They`ll have to do that crap soon enough, no point in forcing it on them now. Some lazy parents who like their kids in school so they don`t have to hire a baby sitter, or amuse them, are the only ones I can see liking that. And 95% of the crap we learn in school we are most likely never going to use again. So what`s the point in more of it. Don`t get me wrong, it trains the brain and shows us what we may want to do and stuff, but in the end most of it won`t be remembered. Summer vacations, exploring and such will. If I had a kid and they did that here, we`d be moving. End rant lol

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    1. Pat, you said it like I wish I could have. I think kids need their summer vacation. NUFF SAID.

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    2. I like that you mentioned the after school our summer job, kids need to develop working skills by doing those summer jobs. Now you nic those, then throw them into the work force later and I feel like it's not fair to them. And I like that you said kids learn in other ways than what's written on paper.

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  2. As a former teacher and now parent of two kids, who I feel are asked enough all year long, I am in total agreement with you about not getting rid of summer vacation. It is ironic as I just wrote today about kids being made to grow up too quickly and this definitely is a step in the wrong direction in my opinion, as well.

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  3. In general, I don't think year round school is a big deal. Quite frankly, lots of other countries go year round with no real break, including weekends. Those countries are also doing a lot better academically.

    That said, the schools where I used to live tried to a year round school. They are all back to a traditional school year. There were too many issues with logistics with multiple kids and complaints from parents in planning their trips or breaks. Then there was child care issues because each school had a different system of breaks. Pretty much only consistency was the two weeks for Christmas and one week for Thanksgiving. Everything else was all over the place.

    I was never in it. I don't like it personally because I know by April, I was aching for summer break.

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  4. I do NOT support year round school... the teachers and students need a break. The students grow up too fast and then it is just working with small vacations. I think children should continue to have long summer vacations.

    I love all your points Rosey... I plan to save this if our province ever thinks of doing something so foolish... kids need to be kids ♡

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  5. No way! I think kids need time to just be kids, which includes a summer long break from school. They spend plenty of time in the school room. I still get kind of upset that school seems to start earlier every year (I mean, what happened to the days when school started around Labor Day?).

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  6. We are homeschooling our youngest and I plan to do school year round. That being said, since we do homeschool we get to do it a bit differently than the traditional school. Two of our subjects right now are how plants change and the environment. We are getting outdoors and planting a garden and going out and exploring the local forests to learn about environments and how animals live in at least the woodland environments. One of the reasons we chose to homeschool was so that we could do year round school. So far it worked out very well for us and my youngest is doing quite well with it.

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  7. My kids did year-round school for a couple years when we lived in Okemos. I was worried about it, but it ended up being just fine. They still had an extended summer break but rather than 3 months, it was about 6 weeks. They had several other breaks throughout the year too. One thing I loved is that when they were on these mid-year breaks, other kids were in school so I was able to take them to do fun educational things on my own (like interactive museums, etc.) without having to fight against roomfuls of other kids for a chance to try something. It was kinda awesome!

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  8. Well, I guess it's a wait and see how it works. I'm old and there's always been summer vacation. It's family time. Time to go to the lake or wherever parents end up vacationing that year. I think family time is important, but it's a wait and see how it works.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  9. I worked in the school system 15 years. My daughter is a teacher. ave oodles of years my kids have been in school. So from this view - i vote for year round school with breaks in between.

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  10. It's hard for me to say without experiencing it first hand. It does seem a lot of school systems are moving this way. When my boys are off in the summer, I do a lot of enrichment with them that I might not be organized enough to do otherwise.

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  11. I totally agree with you. I can't imagine kids going to school all year long. That is just so wrong. They need the summer to get rested and ready for a new year. You just might have to start homeschooling.

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  12. I don't have kids, but I agree that a summer vacation is in order. What of parents whose kids are on different schedules? How on earth do they take a vacation together? Besides, how do you get the kids to concentrate when it's a beautiful summer day outside?

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  13. I am not a fan of year round school. Here, they can't even afford 9 months either.

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  14. While I understand that it's important for our kids to get a high quality education. I also think that kids need time to play and just be kids. I might be a fan of year round school IF they shortened the school week. Kids need to be kids, too!

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  15. All year School is crazy! Those poor kids will be stressed before they get to college or even get jobs. What about hiring teachers who are highly qualified and effective teaching methods

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  16. In Australia our longest school holiday is about six weeks, with shorter breaks throughout the year. It works pretty well on the whole.

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  17. oh no no no... What I'd like though is more Winter holidays during hte Xmas and NY break so we can go visit places in the Southern hemisphere and I don't mind shortening the summer hols but definitely NOT keen on this idea of all year school.

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  18. I'm for it. Our kids do not have yr. round school, but I have friends that live in places that do. They still get nice breaks. Long enough for good vacations. Kids retain more. They don't get so bored. I think it would be easier on full time working parents to get camps and activities in the area for a shorter duration.

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  19. I agree that kids need a real break. As a kid, though, 3 months was too long. I actually liked school and didn't like being home. Two-three month summers for kids who don't have good home situations are too much, I think. Shame there's not really a middle ground. I think that's what I'd vote for -- a 6 wk summer, maybe.

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  20. There are several schools in Oklahoma and Kansas that are doing it. They still get a summer vacation but not as long.. Some other breaks are also in the school year. One benefit i see is that teachers don't spend as much time at the beginning of the school year reminding students what they did last year.

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  21. Would that mean less school hours daily for students if they go to sch all year long? Does that mean a shorter summer break or no break at all?

    Personally I like summer vacations too. Time to relax, regroup and refocus. Life isn't just all about sch and the long vacations give children time to explore other parts of life by traveling, doing activities they have no time for during sch time, reading books etc. If parents/ teachers are worried about them slacking off, then by all means have revisions with them during the break. But that doesn't mean they have to go back to sch for that..

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  22. I've heard of this and have never seen a calendar for round year school. My thought is.. is it hard for parents to seek childcare for random days off throughout the year?

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  23. For us, we prefer it the way it is. It is nice to have the kids at home for the summer and be able to travel with them.

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    1. I enjoy having my boys home for the summer. Since I work all year, I enjoy having this time to spend with them.

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  24. No, I would not support it--I do not have children but I still pay taxes. And I would willingly pay more if it meant that the kids would be off for the summer. There is time enough for them to work full time year round after they have graduated. But wait--don't adults get a week or two off also?

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  25. I still do worksheets etc with my kids over the Summer. I would NEVER want them to go to school year round! Kids need to play. It's in play that they learn.

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  26. My friend in North Carolina has kids who go year round, BUT they go for 3 months and then have 6 weeks off inbetween, so it works out I think.

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  27. My son is just getting ready for Kindergarten, so I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I have a feeling it wouldn't be my preference. I think summer is necessary, and not just for fun, but for development in so many ways.

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  28. Im with you. I think kids do need a summer break. I just remember how refreshed I felt at the beginning of each new school year. I'm sure even with frequent breaks, kids can still get that feeling, but like you I'm worried about the burn out. The drive to do better than act year once kids have a chance to just be a kid and play.

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  29. When I homeschooled we did year-round school. It just seems more consistent having this shorter breaks versus the long summer and winter breaks

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  30. We have been having year round school since the start as school here starts in January and ends in November here in Singapore. There are breaks in between too. IT's just that there is no solid 3 months break but it is broken up into 1 week break after 10 weeks of school in term 1, 4 weeks break after term 2, 1 week break again after term 3 and 6-7 weeks break after term 4. so there is a balance between work and play/holiday for the kids.

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  31. I'm not sure how I feel about year round school. I understand that there would be plenty of breaks but there's something nice about having the whole summer off so kids can just relax and be kids.

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  32. For three years as a child, I didn't have any summer breaks. When summer came around, my mom would send us to another school. And let me tell you, it was incredibly draining. It was demotivating, we were exhausted, we didn't have anything to look forward to. It was a huge bummer & I still complain to my mom about why she would do something like that to us!

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  33. My children have always been in the traditional school system. I have always wondered how different it would be with year round.

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  34. I couldn't agree more with you. There is so much kids learn over the summer. I couldn't suppirt not having time off

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  35. I was always for the kids getting a summer break. As a teacher, I needed the break too.

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  36. I think kids need that break to be kids. They can't get their childhoods back.

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  37. With as much school we miss for 2 inches of snow I would love this option. Kids get bored in the summer rather have them learning.

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  38. Gosh I don't think I could have coped with school all year around, we don't get quite such a long summer over here though I don't think (6 weeks) x

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  39. There's pros and cons as with any school decision. I'm split right now

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  40. This is why I homeschool. I like having say in my children's education Even though we homeschool all year long, we finish our curriculum before summer and just do the basics over the summer like math and reading. I hope they do not change it for you.

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  41. I fully support year round schooling and wish our district would put it on the table. Like someone else said, other countries do it and they are far more advanced than we are academically. I know that by about a month into summer break, mine are itching to go back. We don't have kids in our neighborhood and they miss their friends. Mariah is an honor student taking all AP classes and thrives on learning. A 3 month break does not do her good. I think vacation planning would be a lot better for us because everyone at Jason's work scrambles for weeks off in the spring and summer, and since my husband is upper management, he steps aside and lets those below him have those days to keep them happy. Hence, we pull our girls out of school for a week towards the end of the year so we can take a family vacation. If time off was spaced throughout the year, not everyone would be vying for the same days off. I agree with the physical part of year round school too. Too many people don't have the means for summer camps or time to drive to the parks during summer break. Physical Education and free after school sports and activities keep the kids moving instead of the "I'm bored" chant that comes from the couch while they whine behind a tablet screen.

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  42. nope. we need a break. i cant imagine...though in a way i do it...because i teach summer school as well, but oy....you need a break to keep it fresh...and the kids do as well...

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  43. I don't think I would like that. I think the kids and teachers would get burntout.

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    1. I agree - however it is getting very popular in our area.

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  44. I don't think it would be a bad thing to have a year round school. Amber N

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  45. NOOOOOO! Think about how tough it was when school closed for snow, then multiply your day by 22 and make it year round. I think that's a, "Hell no," from the teachers.

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  46. That's a tough one. Kids work so very hard I think it's great they have a break. 2 months may be a little much which is what they have here... Maybe 1 would be good, but I think it's healthy to get a little break!

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  47. that'll be a NO for me. Too much on the poor kids

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  48. I grew up in an overcrowded school district and went to year around school all the way up until high school. My children also attended a year around school for just a few years before switching to our current charter. As a child, I really wanted an actual summer vacation. As a parent, I loved it because we could go on vacation and not face overwhelming crowds.

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  49. Year round school may be more efficient and practical in some ways, but I think having the summer off is very important for kids' growth and development. And it's something most kids really look forward to.

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  50. I enjoy having the kids home for the duration of the summer. There are things that parents can do over the summer to keep their kids from sliding backwards. This past summer I made my daughter read a bunch of books. I noticed that it helped her quite a bit in school. She found free books on her nook or at the library.

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  51. I fully support year round schooling. They do get a summer break, its just not as long. For starters, not everyone is home with their kids so their kids go to summer day care/camps anyway. So,life wouldn't be that much different for a lot of kids.

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  52. I'm a teacher and I can tell you that kids need that time to decompress. With everything being geared towards taking standardized tests and assessments, kids start to get burnt out by late Spring. It's just too much for them to be bombarded with all these assessments all year long.

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  53. Man, I loved summer vacations! How can they keep kids in school all year long. That's just mean!

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  54. This seems to be a tough subject. My daughter actually claims that she doesn't want to go to school year round, but just have a shorter summer.

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  55. The points that you have listed are very good ones. Let's just hope they decide to go with whatever decision will best benefit the students.

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  56. I agree, I do think children need a break. Then again, it doesn't seem that children loose a lot of info they were taught when on summer break. It's a hard decision.

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  57. Lots of countries do year-round schooling. As an adult, I like the idea, but as a kid I would have hated it! There are pros and cons to both for sure.

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  58. I went to a year-round school, and loved it. We were able to take family vacations at off times and had much-needed breaks throughout the year.

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  59. Absolutely not - that is unfair to the kids. They need some time to relax

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  60. I live in Los Angeles and we have had every possible schedule you can imagine in the past 30 years. I also worked for the school district for about 25 years so I experienced it both as an employee and parent.

    The Los Angeles Unified School District over the past 10 years or less has went back to all schools ( for the most part) being on one schedule and having summer break. It is the schedule I always preferred but there are advantages to all of the schedules.

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  61. We homeschool and our daughter get a lot of breaks. I think kids need to be kids

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  62. Honestly, I'm on the fence. I can see pros and cons to both sides.

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  63. We need our summer break, so it's a no for me. :)

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  64. It's not really for me just because I work in the school system. I love having that summer break!

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  65. I could go either way- I see pros and cons to both. We homeschool, so we go year round but take lots of breaks in the middle :)

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  66. I'm sorry but it's something that I can't really go with. Kids do need a break, maybe not as long as they have been getting but they do need one. We had them in our day and we turned out ok, there really is no need for year round school.

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  67. A lot of schools here are over populated so they are turning to Year Round. I do not like the idea at all.

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  68. geez, I'm totally against this! Kids need breaks too...:)

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  69. I'm not a fan of year round school. My kids need a break to be kids, relax and have fun!

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  70. It is being discussed over here too. I am not sure if I like the idea but my kids doesn't like to entertain the idea that it might happen.

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  71. Girl, I'm with you! That year round thing went down in flames in our district, so now these ding bats are going to four day school weeks. No Monday's and an extra 90 minutes everyday. These people are crazy! Keep voicing your concerns Rosey, as will I, and maybe people will frigging chill out and leave well enough alone

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  72. It's such a tough decision. There are so many pros and cons... I think I would be against all year long schooling though.

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  73. So I wrote this big long comment....and it disappeared (at least I don't see it...) Our school district is in it's second year of a year-round school 'option'. The logistics of it are a bit more than I can explain here, but basically we chose to stick with the traditional school calendar. I have heard that those in year-round love it...it's just not for us....'I' need the break as much as the kids! LOL! Anyway, I'm sure each school is different in how they go about it and ours must be doing something right....it's growing.

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  74. I have mixed emotions on the year round school issue. On one hand, I know it has the potential to give the kids a more thorough education. On the other hand, I feel like it also has the potential to burn them out.

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  75. As a teacher I am 100% against it. I know a lot of people like it and it is great for vacations and such but honestly, I teach to have those beautiful summers off and not have to spend them in a building with terrible ventilation

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  76. Year round school is not an option here. I am glad as I would not be interested in it at all. I agree with you! Kids need a breaks as do the teachers.

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  77. As a teacher, I do see the difference in children's performance after the summer vacations. Any many cases they forget a lot and need to return to what they had learned the year before. The difference is even more notable with Special Needs students.
    On the other hand students, as all of us, need a long period of rest where there is enough time to decompress and forget about the school.
    I have been a long time advocate for two extended periods of vacations. Cutting the current vacations in half and having two periods, one during the summer and the other one in between the fall and spring terms.
    Many times children are very tired at the end of the spring term because the winter has been long and tough on them. Extended vacations in between the two terms would help to prevent this too.

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  78. My kids are all done school now. I would not have liked all year school. I liked the summer holidays.

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  79. I am really on the fence on this issue. My daughter, who is a sophomore in high school would love year round school! My son, whom I home school, not so much!

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  80. I don't think the kids should have to go all year. I didn't feel this way when I was in school though because I figured we would get done sooner. Thanks for sharing. I think you are right with saying everyone needs a brake.

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  81. No support from me.
    Especially since I want them to do away with elementary homework and I also want to homeschool my kids.

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  82. Never thought I would say this but I am all for year round school. Our school district seems to change the start date every year and we can't plan end of summer vacations. Would be nice to take a winter vacation too.

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  83. I think we all need breaks from school or whatever. That is what makes our brains function better.

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  84. I do not support year round school. I can understand why they want to do it but I already feel like I am missing out on my kids life. They need this break! We as parents can help keep them educated during those summer breaks. It just will not be in a class room but actually outdoors. I am a stay at home mom right now though and this may be different when both parents work full time. I just think we already ask a lot out of our kids. I know there is competition with other countries but that does not make it right. I have never tried it so I am biased. I suppose I would actually have to try it for a year to actually have a solid opinion on it.

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  85. I do not support it at all. Kids need time to just be kids. All year having school wouldn't be fair to them.

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  86. I loved summer vacations, but I think there are many benefits to year round school. The US is one of the few countries that does NOT do year round.

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  87. I wouldn't mind year round school with more smaller breaks. But I can see how it would be hard for some parents

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  88. My youngest is now a senior in high school so it wouldn't effect my family at all but I think I'd lean toward year-round school. Kids would still get time to be kids but have more frequent breaks during the year and retain more of what they learn.

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  89. I actually feel like year round school would mean LESS burnout because there's more frequent breaks for both teachers and students. It's still the same number of school days. Only one school in our area has gone to year round. I seriously considered it, but since my oldest will be in middle school soon and the middle school isn't year round, my boys would be on totally different schedules and that doesn't work for us. If it goes to year round, I'd move the other two to the year round elementary.

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  90. I am so glad I homeschool. Have you considered homeschooling to avoid this?

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  91. Honestly I cant think a life where kids have to stay on all-day school After they are not machines & they definitely need a break, the needs family bonding & get together as well, not just studies.

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  92. I am opposed! I have seen too many families with kids in various grades, High school, Jr. High and Elementary be on different schedules. Can you imagine? Uggh! Makes me exhausted just thinking about it.

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  93. I would be surprised if we ever go this way. I personally am for it because I've experience with my children the cons, the weight gain, the academic lagging. I think your points are valid and I totally see both sides. As a parent that works full time out of the home I don't get the extra time for vacations or to do fun things because it is summer. My kids tend to get bored and don't do a lot. I definitely think for each parent their opinion is based on their circumstances.

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  94. I definitely do not agree with year-round school years. Kids need free time to be KIDS.

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  95. I could support year round school if they had a few larger (3-4 week) breaks inserted. We had a schedule like this for graduate school and I really enjoyed it. Getting a few weeks off was enough of a break to be enthusiastic about the next term but not such a long break that I began to forget what I'd just learned.

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  96. I don't think it would be a good idea - everyone needs free-time and liesure as well.

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  97. That is a big change and adjustment for everyone. I agree, I think summer is good for kids and teachers to have a break.

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  98. I'm all for summer break! The kids, the teachers - everyone needs a break. School is important, but playing and just being kids is important, too. Some of my best memories of my childhood are my summer break memories.

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  99. I did year round school as a child, and I didn't mind it. It was nice to get 6 weeks off here and there, so I thought it was great!

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  100. I'm undecided on this topic. I don't think kids should go year round but I have seen my own kids get bored. They do need a break but not all families have money to go on trips or do fun stuff in the summer which turns into boredom for kids. I could see year round if the summer was only half days so they still got to learn but got the other half of the day to still enjoy summer.

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  101. I used to be opposed to year round school. Now, I'm not anymore. I have two kids and I clearly see how that arrangement can benefit us all.

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  102. I am not a fan of year round school. In our area there are some year round schools and others that are not. Since we are a School of Choice state - parents can op for which ever school works for them.

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  103. Summer breaks are definitely need for kids in school. Especially for highschool students, people really don't realize how stressful school can actually be. We don't need to give our students more reasons to be depressed or overwhelmed at such young ages,

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  104. I really think kids need that break just to do "kid" stuff and play outside! We can't overwhelm them with numbers everyday. It's also important that they learn and grow on their own.

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  105. I wouldn't want school to be year round. My daughter is too young for school yet but when she is I want to spend the summer with her and for her to have a break.

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  106. To each their own, you know? I think there are benefits and downsides of having a year round school. I'm thinking of homeschooling my youngest and we'll homeschool year round but that's because she'll be the only student so we'll have that flexibility.

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  107. A very good friend of mine's kids go to year round school. She loves it for them but I don't know that I'd like it for my kids. Summer Vacation is way too much fun!

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  108. I think that kids need to take a long break from school. At least enjoy the warm weather during the summer time.

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  109. We have an extended schedule. We still get summer vacation, but it's shorter and our vacations throughout the year are longer. I actually like it more than the traditional calendar. While I love summer vacation - sometimes during the year you need a break too!

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  110. I would definitely not want year-round school for our kids. I think having a summer vacation is something they work for all year long. They need that break! I would say no way!

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  111. I'm signing up my little guy for a special summer camp so he can keep on learning! :) He's on too much of a roll this year!

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  112. Year round school can be exhausting I bet! I think a break is good for sure.

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  113. When I was a kid, I studied year round. I think kids need the break for summer and they would greatly appreciate his breather as they grow up.

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  114. I am interested to hear how the 6 weeks off would work with breaks. Different vacations at different times might sound like a plan.

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  115. I think my kids would do great with this type of schedule. My son does not do well with the long summer break.

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  116. Personally I think it would be too much, maybe shortening the summer break by a week but not taking it out completely

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  117. Kids get tired so I don't think I'll agree to year round schooling. There has to be a Summer break.

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  118. You touched valid points with your opinions. Yes, I agree with you that both the students and the teachers might feel "burned out" by this kind of school sched.

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  119. I think it's a good idea, kids loose a lot of education during summer vacation. I've noticed my daughter always goes back to school after summer unprepared. It's heart breaking watching her struggle until about 2 months in to school. A small vacation sounds like a better idea.

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  120. I am torn...
    Yes, I think kids need Summer break... but at the same time, from what I was told, if it was year round, they would go for 3 months, be off 1 and then again... 3 and 1... I like that idea and think it would be great, if you look at other countries that do year round, they shower higher scores in testing and are overall smarter *(hate saying that, it sounds rude) but I think it is a good idea to an extent.

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  121. As someone who went to school year-round when I was attending a Christian school, I'd have to say that children need and deserve a break. Too much schooling leads to burn-put for many.:(

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  122. I feel like kids should have a longer school year but with longer during school breaks. Kids tend to get bored during the summer any more.

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  123. I am absolutely not for year round school! Thats too much stress for children....they need a break! They have adulthood to work year round...I dont think its fair to take away summer vacations I don't like the idea at all.

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  124. I don't have too much of an opinion, but I remember (20 years ago now!) in elementary school they tried it on us for 2 years and then went back to normal. But I did like year-round school for a silly reason. I grew up in Houston and summer was so hot that we barely did anything. So I loved having more breaks at times that weren't summer! :)

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  125. Interesting topic. Here in Indonesia kids goes to school almost all year. 1 month break in from mid June - mid July. Then 2 weeks off for Christmas, 2 weeks off for Eid Holiday (the Moslem biggest holiday).

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  126. I would be OK with year round school if they still had a decent summer break, 4 to 6 weeks, and maybe an additional week tacked on to Spring and Winter breaks. I'm a working, divorced parent so it can be challenging for me to find activities for them during the summer. Most of them start and end at times that I'm commuting.

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  127. That's a tough one, and I can see both sides of the fence on this one. First I want to say, I LOVED my summers as a child, and my children have been involved in day camps every summer, and they have had a blast. I'm sure that those options would still be available for year long school breaks. I also work, so summer time to us doesn't really mean "big break" unfortunately - my kids get to go to camp and see friends, and nights they are allowed a little more leeway on bedtimes...but other than that, I still have to be at work every day...so as far as vacation goes, we could really work it into anytime in the year that works best for the family. I agree that children would definitely be able to retain more without the long break. I also have several teacher friends who can not WAIT to have a "brain break" as my daughter's teacher puts it...they enjoy a long breather, and summer gives them time to wind down and relax, but also gives them that additional time to think about what changes will be coming up for the next year, and plan accordingly (decorate their room, buy supplies, check out/make new lesson plans, etc.)

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  128. I'm completely impressed that your school district could even consider launching school for all year round. Fiscally, there is absolutely no possibility for our public schools to even think about it. Our schools are not even close to reaching the needs of the students for the required 185 days with the lack of qualified teachers, programs, and resources. Just physcially being in the classroom 12 months out of the year fails to make a successful student. Good luck to you!

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  129. We are "studied" to death--when I was young we had summers off and we all managed to make good academic careers.

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  130. When our school system went to year round school, I thought it was going to be a huge flop. Little did I know that they get out the same amount of time, but more often. It seems like there is a holiday for anything now days which works out well because the kids love the breaks but are ready to go back at the end of them. Kids do need their vacations.

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  131. You know, there is a lot to think about on this. I think I'm like you, partially with the nostalgia of summer break and wanting that for my kids...who are not school-age yet, so I haven't really experienced it. There's a lot of good points on both sides...I just don't know.

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  132. I always assumed the time in and out of school was equivalent. I really didn't know. I always thought year round would be great as we could plan cheaper vacations for those times when he's out of school and during heat friendly times. Traveling in June is expensive and hot. July here is too hot to even want to do anything fun. Then before you know it football practice is starting and you can't go anywhere anyway. That's me venting though. I've just looked at the picture from afar and have seen that the kids get a longer break for Thanksgiving and it would be nice if we could travel that week and then stay home for Christmas sometimes. Since all of our family is away I just looked at year 'round school for a traveling/convenience stand point.

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