DeKalb Schools proposes calendar options

2:50 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga - The DeKalb County School District is looking make a change to school calendar for the next school year.

School officials are asking for parent input on two calendar proposals.

On is more traditional where school starts on August 12 and end May 23. It would include all the normal holiday breaks.

The second option is a balanced calendar where the school year a week earlier on Aug. 5 and end on May 29.

SURVEY: Proposed Dekalb School Calendars

The plan is similar to calendars in Decatur and Rockdale County schools who allow for an extra week of vacation each semester.

"I think it would be good for our children to have a period of instruction, a small break where we know they won't regress," said DeKalb School Suptentendent Cheryl Atkinson. "We're not about year-round. We're talking about minimizing the time the children are around (in school), the length of time, particularly in the summer.

DeKalb Schools has put the two options in an online survey located on the district's website. Parents have until September 26 to give their input.

At a meeting of the Emory Lavista Parent Council on Wednesday, the proposal is receieved mixed reviews.

"I'm leaning toward the traditional calendar, but I'd like to hear more about the balanced calendar and how they county is going to make that extra time, quality time," said Linda Morse, a mother with two children in DeKalb schools.

"With high school students, I want my summer to get a summer job. Get that experience. You can sit in classrooms all day, but you really need to get out of workforce," said Corrine Dunn, the parent of two children at Lakeside High School where she serves as PTSA Co-President.

Also included in the survey is a proposal for a weekly, one-hour early release on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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