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School Day/Calendar Survey Launched

At their regular meeting on December 10, 2013, members of the Shorewood School Board held a discussion about how to explore, and possibly implement, different school start times, and how to look into other innovative school calendar options to support student learning.  This discussion led to the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee charged with examining current research and investigating examples of how schools are using learning time in unique ways to improve outcomes for all young people.

The current structures of our school days and calendars have been influenced by a number of educational efforts going back hundreds of years.  Early rural education often had a winter and a summer term, with students helping on farms in the spring and fall when they were most needed. Urban schools sometimes ran year-round schedules, but, over time, as the industrial revolution increased wealth, some families wanted time to vacation with children away from the heat and humidity of the cities.  Still other efforts by the Carnegie Foundation to standardize college and secondary school learning units, and state efforts to standardize school calendars, led us to the most common models we see today: school days that begin between 7:00 and 8:30 and end between 2:00 and 3:30, and school years that are 180 days in length with most of the weeks of summer off. You can also click here for more information.

As part of our research, we are conducting a community survey to solicit feedback regarding our District start and dismissal times. (The survey link is below.) We are asking parents/guardians to fill out the survey more than once if you have students enrolled in multiple Shorewood schools. (For example, if you have a student at Atwater and SIS, you would take the survey twice, but if you have two students at SHS, you would only take the survey once.) Your feedback will be an important part of the decision-making process going forward.

As the committee moves forward in its work, we will continue to provide our community with updates as appropriate.

Click here to take the survey.

Posted by Rachel Vesco on Tuesday January, 21 at 12:31PM


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