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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:14

Cros-Lex Explores Year-Round School Concept

(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- The Croswell-Lexington School District is exploring year-round school, offering parents a choice between a traditional and year-round calendar. Informational parent meetings were held last week regarding the district's goal to offer up to two classrooms in Kindergarten through 4th Grade in a year-round format. The 5th and 6th Grades will be considered if there is enough interest among parents. Cros-Lex Superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller says data shows that many students forget a lot of what they've learned over the 11-week summer break.

Superintendent Miller says students on the year-round calendar will be in session with students on the traditional calendar for 150 of the 180 school days. Year-round students would have 4-days off for Labor Day weekend and return to school for 2-weeks and have a 2-week break in September. The year-round calendar also includes 1-week off for Thanksgiving, 3-weeks off for Christmas, and 3-weeks off in the spring.

Cros-Lex has applied to the Michigan Department of Education for a waiver to start the year-round school calendar on July 8 with classes Monday through Thursday. Nothing changes for those parents who want to keep their children on the traditional school calendar. It simply gives parents another option that may appeal to their families. For students on the year-round calendar, Cros-Lex will offer busing to daycare even during intersessions, which will be structured similar to a day camp program with educational games and field trips.

The summer weather has been taken into consideration. Superintendent Miller says the district has the option of holding classes in air conditioned classrooms.

More than 3,100 U.S. school systems and 40 countries operate on a year-round calendar and that number is growing each year. Parents interested in the program can attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the high school cafetorium. Year-round applications can be downloaded at www.croslex.org The program is also available via Schools-of-Choice to non-Cros-Lex students. The deadline for applications is May 1.