Many kids eagerly countdown the days until summer break. They excitedly run around with their friends making as many plans as they can. I know I always have a countdown until I get a break from the building of lectures and notes. However, some students don’t get the sweet satisfaction of being able to sleep in late and run around with friends for two months. Some students go to a year-round school, a school that’s more ‘modern’ than that of the outdated fall to spring schedule.
However, year-round school isn’t as bad as it sounds. It doesn’t consist of a full 365 days where kids sit in desks and learn. Year-round schools operate on a 180 day calendar, but the days are divided up more evenly. Some of these school have a 45-15 plan, while others have 60-20, or 90-30. This means that the students are in school for 45, 60, or 90 days, and then they get a 15, 20, or 30 day break.
Year-round schools also might have single or multi-track schedules. A single track is when all students are in school at the same time, while a multi-track schedule allows for some students to be in school while others are on break. A multi-track schedule also allows for schools to admit more students than the building is able to occupy, as not all students will be in classes at the same time.
A year-round school might seem like a good idea; however, there is no evidence of a year-round school being more beneficial than our fall-spring schedule. Additionally, with a year-round schedule, extra-curricular activities suffer. Several problems arise with scheduling events and practices. There have even been instances in multi-track schools where students and teachers have to repeatedly move classes, while other schools have even had to combine grades together. While a year-round school schedule can increase the quantity of those receiving education, it can also dilute the quality of education.
With that being said, I would say there’s no reason for us to run on a year-round schedule. There seem to be many problems that come from a year-round school schedule. From what I have seen, there are more disadvantages than there are advantages.