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DeKalb School Board Chooses Calendar Opposed by Most Parents

A new balanced schedule will begin next fall in the district, shortening summer break by two weeks to promote student learning.

DeKalb County schools will change schedules next fall to shorten the summer break and adopt a so-called "balanced" schedule, a move supported by most teachers but not popular with parents, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The discussion about changing the school schedules started this year and was delayed as the district attempted to gather more information after a backlash from parents.

The school board voted 6-2 Monday in favor of the new calendar. The new schedule will shortener summer break by two weeks and build those vacation days into fall and winter.

Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has said students forget too much of the instruction during a traditional summer break. School will start Aug. 5 instead of Aug. 12 and will end May 29 instead of May 23, according to the report.

A three-day fall break will be added Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 and a four-day winter break from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, which will be added to Presidents' Day.

Nearly 60 percent of parents favored keeping the traditional school calendar.

Ken Kukla October 09, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I don't like it because it limits Summer job earnings. The time off in the October & February time frame do not help us and planned Summer travels or vacations will be negatively impacted.
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite October 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
If the vast majority of parents are opposed, then boycott the schedule & take your summer vacation during the week of August 5th and/or May 23rd. That will certain get the board's attention! However, it will need to be done in large numbers to significantly impact the budget, which is the only way parents can get the full attention of the DCSB.
Jen October 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I think the idea in theory is not a bad one, however we also need to be practical. For a family with two working parents and kids in school and no family in the area it is virtually going to be impossible to accommodate the additional days off from school during the year. This change is also going to impact all of those community and privates organizations that provide camps throughout the summer. They will lose significant revenue, kids who are in college and working for the summer will opt to find a different job that will employ for the full summer break. So who will they employ? It makes no sense. Its interesting that the county is willing to dismiss the wishes of the parents - why send the survey? If you're not going to listen!
Ann Claps December 18, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Ann Sure, have them going to school during the hottest days of the summer! Brilliant! That should do a lot for their attention span and learning retention levels!!! Good job folks!!!!

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