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Year Round School
Transcript of Year Round School
http://www.lifescript.com/life/family/parenting/benefits_of_all_year_round_school.aspx Year Round School Ashley Serbenta
Caitlyn Gauck Year Round School:
The Positives Year Round School:
The Negatives FAMILY:
-If a family has a child going to a year round school, and another child going to a traditional school, it could be difficult to plan vacations or other family events
-Confusion of the child's different schedule could cause problems and interruptions of family plans
-Younger children could make it harder to find childcare for because of the unique schedules of the older children COST:
-The schools utility bills could have an increase
from air conditioning and heating
-Schools would have to pay for gasoline to run the buses TEACHERS:
-Even if school is all year long, kids can still forget! After mini breaks teachers might have to review lessons more than they usually would
-There would be no more summer breaks of jobs for teachers LEARNING:
-Assessment scores and grades could drop as a result of multiple breaks between lessons
-It could face students with distraction
-AP classes could be removed
-During a year round school, kids tend to learn more during the summer, while other kids are on break
-There would be no more summer school
-Special accommodations would have to be made for annual school events (Ex: graduations, parent conferences etc.)
-Students could lose the option of summer camp (Students often learn valuable skills at summer camps)
-Older students might not be able to obtain summer jobs
-Sports teams could have trouble practicing during the frequent mini breaks
-The famous three month summer vacation would not be a part of the schedule
-Some schools have year round learning for elementary students, and traditional schedules for the upperclassmen. It could be hard for the young students to transition from an all year round schedule to only nine months a year
-95% of the schools that try a year round calendar end up returning back to the traditional calendar -The most popular form of year-round education is the 45-15 plan -This is where students attend school for 45 days and then get three weeks (15 days) off. -The usual holiday breaks are still built into this calendar. -Two other ways to organize a school calendar are the 60-20 and the 90-30 plans. Prince William County had operated with year round schools for around nine years. Shortly after that, Virginia returned to a traditional calendar, basing their decision on little academic improvement, few cost benefits and parent reaction. According to Dr. Mary Weybright, supervisor of programs and planning, "There were not enough advantages to outweigh the disadvantages." Facts Houston abandoned its first experiment with year-round schools after eight years. They claimed the program was extremely expensive, it failed to relieve overcrowding, and the students academic achievement did not increase. School officials planned to save $6.9 million by eliminating funding necessary for the program. Year Round School In 1972, Romeoville, Illinois, a suburb, implemented a multi-track program in 16 schools to relieve overcrowding. According to John Lukancic, assistant superintendent of Valley View schools, they abandoned the schedule after eight years because of high operational costs, difficulty in finding staff available to work year round, and scheduling problems at the high school level. Employment opportunities for high school students are best during the months between May and August, which would make it difficult for students to get jobs. Students:
-Students get used to learning as an on going activity, which helps prepare them for the real world.
-Students have several short vacations all through the year.
-Findings from a study of San Diego (California) elementary schools indicate that students in year-round schools outperformed those in traditional schools (reading, language, and math).
-Students forget less over the shorter breaks. Teachers:
- Teachers spend less time
reviewing pre-vacation material.
-Teachers are able to focus
more on child learning Family's:
-Eliminating one long summer
break would make finding daycare
arrangements easier for parents
who work full time. Other:
-Many students work a part time job or spend their summer at home alone while parents work.
-Year round school would still consist of 180 school days. To Conclude
Round School: We are
school Why? When students
switch from a traditional
school to a year round school,
they tend to get lazy and their work ethic goes down. Therefore year round
school would not be a
good idea for Lowell. Also students who work
won't have as much time
for their job making it
harder to pay for college,
gas, food, etc. Travel sports would
be a huge challenge
with year round school. Family vacations can
be taken as long as
wanted in the summer. A large problem would
be the amount of money
schools would have to
pay for utilites such as electricity, water,
heat, and Air Conditioning.