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Year Round Schooling

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Bill Austin

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Year Round Schooling

Year-round schooling History Pros - Children retain information better; there is no long period of time between one year ending and another school year starting.
- The 15 day period of time can be used for extra curricular activities that enhance what the child is learning in school and therefore reinforce what the child learns.
- Kids don't get bored with a long summer break and they like having breaks to look forward to every few weeks.
- Other countries use this system successfully.
- With staggering the scheduling, school buildings can be used for more students which is more economical and efficient.
Cons - Certain school clubs and groups like sports, cheerleading, band, theatre, could have difficulty in planning and practicing when there are frequent breaks - Schools have to be equipped for year round weather to accommodate year round schooling. - Teachers may spend more time reviewing information than with a traditional year because in two weeks, kids tend to forget. In the traditional school year there are 180 days of school and breaks for holidays and other necessary days. One way of doing year round school is a 45-15 schedule. Students go to public school or private school for 45 days and then have 15 off. Should Schools become year-round? 1958 - A report found that every school system that had attempted a 12-month calendar up to that point eventually abandoned it. 1970 - The Valley View School District was the first district in the country to place the entire school district on a rotating school calendar. In a 15-year period, the school district grew from 89 students to nearly 5,000. Today - Year-round schooling is at the heart of a heated debate. Some schools are moving in direction of year-round schooling simply to reduce overcrowded schools, and others are choosing year-round school because they feel it benefits the students. News A decision this week to give vancouver students 10 extra vacation days next year as a cost-saving measure is expected to trigger a much bigger discussion about whether it's time for a calendar shakeup that would put an end to the standard two-month summer vacation. Researchers believe that a balanced school calendar results in fewer student absences, less staff illness and better opportunities for disadvantaged children. The most common issues raised about the balanced calendar included summer classroom temperatures, summer family vacations and student employment. In Richmond, trustees recently approved a balanced calendar for Garden City elementary school next year, making it the second Richmond school to take that approach. Students will get six weeks of summer holidays along with three weeks at Christmas and another three at spring break.
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