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Lenawee Co. school district considers year-round school

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LENAWEE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

With all the canceled school days this year due to the weather, it may seem like students are going to be in school all summer. But now a Michigan school district is actually considering changing their calendar to have year-round school.

The idea is being tossed around at the Madison school district, just outside of Adrian. They call it a balanced school year, and parents could have the option of signing their kids up for it as soon as next year.

"We've had meetings with our faculty, we've been doing research, we've been looking at what possible schedules could look like," explained Superintendent Jim Hartley.

He says they're ready to offer year-round school for elementary students once they get school board approval.

How it works:
Students would start school in July, about 20 days earlier than the current start date. They would have extended breaks during the school year, and finish at the same time as students on the traditional schedule in June.

Hartley says the plan has its benefits.

"Basically, it's to eliminate that huge learning loss that occurs when children have 10-12 weeks off in the summertime," he said.

Some parents say they want to wait and see how the optional program goes before signing their kids up for it. Others think it's a great idea.

"If they get breaks spread out during the year, I think they don't lose as much [as] during that long break over the summer," said Angie Sword, a resident of the area. "I think the summer break, they just lose too much."

Superintendent Hartley says they've had enough interest from parents to fill at least one classroom at each grade level in the elementary school. They want to see how that goes before looking at offering it for the middle and high school.

"It's something we're open to," he said. "We want to get some data ourselves and see how students perform on the new calendars."

The school board is set to vote on the balanced schedule later this month.

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