As previous commenters have already passionately pointed out, many fantastic summer camps and other programs tend to be scheduled from the final weeks of June to the early days of August. Under the proposed school calendar, students in our district would completely miss out on these types of amazing opportunities.
For older students, summer jobs during the high school years can be an important entry point into the job market, as well as an opportunity to learn marketable skills and even save some money for college. A worthwhile Summer Break that would allow for ample family vacation time, just regular old downtime, as well as an opportunity for students to participate in other kinds of valuable learning and recreational experiences should be at least 8 weeks, but 10 weeks would be more ideal.
Also, in terms of travel and family vacations during Summer Break, June tends to be a much more comfortable month for travel compared to August which can tend to be too hot and too humid in many places across the US and major travel destinations abroad. As a final point, I would like to add that the new scheme would be patently unfair to student athletes, coaches who are usually also school teachers , and their respective families since sports scheduling would very likely conflict with the proposed week vacation periods, thus not allowing these hardworking and dedicated individuals and their families to have very much real vacation time at all.
Hi again. As I said in a previous response, I get asked about it a lot, so we thought it was worth asking our students, staff and families what they thought. I believe in a year long calendar for many reasons you have cited. However, I think you will have a tough sell based on the calendar you give as an example, which is very disjointed. Thus far, you and the Bellingham School District staffs have done a remarkable job of transforming the quality of education in our city.
If one really would like to transform the calendar to better serve children, I would like to suggest a 4-day, Tuesday through Friday school week. This model would create 45 school weeks, leaving seven weeks to be split, say, 2 weeks during winter, and the other weeks distributed however works best. While this may sound like a radical idea compared to the current discussion, I believe there is a workaround for every concern. Why might this work for our community?
The vast majority of parents cannot afford the enriching summer activities that are cherished by many, nor can they afford a marathon day care expense during the summer months. However, they might more easily find they can cope and schedule around a more consistent weekly school calendar. I believe that providers of camps and enrichments for children will develop other meaningful activities for students on Mondays and other times.
The obvious concern is the traditional view of vacation times. In reality, parents who want to travel already pull students out of school during school days. Teachers and other staffs who want to travel to special events already receive special permission to be away during contracted school days. We tend to worry about employees who have children in other school districts and matching schedules, but in reality, we already allow those employees to bring their children to our school district with them.
We tend to worry about summer as prime time, but in reality, the most consistently warm and dry weather is in August and September, not June and July. With guaranteed 3 day weekends there would be many opportunities for families to take mini breaks.
I can think of several other concerns that may be brought up with this type of calendar, but I can also see a logical solution for them. My big idea is, if you are going to change the calendar to benefit children, then do it right, even if it is a radical change. Hi Linda, thanks for the very unique idea! I love out-of-the-box suggestions and appreciate you taking the time to comment. We absolutely want to do what is best for kids. And at the same time, the school year calendar is impactful to many people — our students, families, staff and community, so we need to be mindful of many perspectives and open to process and input.
Thank you for your reply. It would take a lot of communication and feedback from stakeholders to pull off something like my idea. It seems to me that the change would wreak havoc in many ways with no true or guaranteed benefit. Here are some of the reasons I oppose this: First, I grew up in an area where we had to cancel schools in June and September because of heat — and we already had air-conditioning which sometime did not function. Bellingham may be more temperate but you may still miss days because of this.
The older schools here would need to retro-fitted for AC and you would be spending extra money on running the AC — not a good use of money. Second, kids use that summertime to learn to swim — not just for pleasure but for developing life-long necessary safety skills. Third, we encourage our kids to be active and healthy but this would take away the time of year when they could actually do just that.
Three-week breaks in fall, winter and spring mean indoor activities and potentially more screen time and at the very least, less exercise: not good for their overall health and lifestyle. Fourth, many high school students rely on summer jobs for income and savings and they would no longer have the opportunity to hold a summer job. Fifth, graduating seniors heading to college would have approximately a two week transition before graduating in early August and then heading to college in mid-August.
Sixth, the studies that children retain or learn more are simply incomplete and mixed. But again, we put it out there to get feedback — so your input is much appreciated! I appreciate how difficult it is for your office to accommodate all the disparate agendas with which you are confronted. Thank you for this opportunity to provide feedback. I fear the feedback you receive will disproportionately represent the interests of more privileged families and provide less input from working class families.
Our current model was not conceived to provide children with an overlong, extended summer vacation. Rather, it began as an accommodation to the needs of an agricultural economy for children to assist in the hard work of bringing crops to harvest on family farms. This is not the world our children inhabit today.
Precious time is then wasted. An important mission of the school system should be the preparation of our children for engagement in civic affairs. It is frankly appalling how few young adults even bother to vote. Even worse is how poorly informed they are about American history and its impact on issues that continue to plague our society.
Clearly, they have not been impressed with their responsibility to be active and informed citizens. The paucity of their knowledge of world affairs and geography, compared to that of their counterparts abroad, is embarrassing. They will always find a way for their foreign holidays. The vast majority of families struggle to make ends meet as the gulf between haves and have-nots grows ever wider, even here in Bellingham.
There are far more children whose parents are grateful for a two-week vacation than there are with parents who enjoy summers off because of their own academic schedules. If we really aspire to afford all children an opportunity to live productive lives and to escape the downward mobility that is unfortunately becoming part of the American experience, we have much hard work in front of us.
There are some good reasons to consider extending our school year beyond the day model, but the biggest obstacle is funding. Also, parents are increasingly taking their children out of school a day early and bringing them back a day late before and after vacations and such a schedule would only add to that.
It would also make it harder for students to hold down summer jobs, and many depend on that. Thanks for adding your voice to this discussion. I do not agree with the year-round schedule for many of the reasons, some of which include, but are not limited to: 1.
My teenage son was hoping to work to start saving for college during the summer. The constant change in routine can be difficult for children. I value the time for unstructured play. Summers are often the time to maintain connections with family that do not live in Whatcom county.
The non-traditional schedule will be difficult to maintain relationships. Though I realize that much of these concerns are personal and you need to take in the needs of all Whatcom families. Everyone has a different perspective on this though I do not believe they are divided in the haves and have nots.
I understand you are coming from an academic perspective. When I read many of your benefits of changing the calendar, it would seems that ideally we should have school all year round without breaks. Though it cannot be only about academics. We need to look at the total child.
So I have a better understanding, as I realize this is only in the discussion phase of the process, could you clarify some issues I have:. You have a survey without giving us any data about what the specific problem is. What are you doing now to resolve it and how is your current plan not working?
This is a big change and it is not clear the problem or if this is the best solution. How can there be a discussion without more information? Will you have a quantifiable goal for the year-long plan? Will the goal include the total child, not just academics? How will you measure these goals? What other districts have taken part in the year-round schedule and what sort of data do they have about their programs?
If you put your plan in place and it does not show improvements in the total child, will you stay with the year-round schedule or will you go back to the more tradition calendar year that we have now? What are the costs to changing the calendar back and forth, especially if the year round schedule does not prove to be beneficial? The constant changes in schedule effects all families. Before there are surveys and a discussion, we need way more information.
Hi Heidi, thanks for sharing your perspective and for asking some clarifying questions. We are entering the fourth year of our current calendar and it seemed like a good time to ask the question if this current calendar is working for staff, families, students and our community. At this time we are not proposing the year-round calendar, just sharing what it could look like for our district to answer the question some families and staff have asked.
You are correct, before moving forward with a big change like this there would be much more discussion, information and opportunities for feedback. Thanks for your input! We have way too many near or below poverty families in our area that any balanced or year-round schedule change will have a negative impact upon. For some of these families, changing their family schedule is nearly impossible.
Shuffling these families lives up to adjust the school calendar that was decided by zero people in their situation is unconscionable. Studies have shown that a year round schedule does not have a large enough scholastic positive effect to mitigate the dramatic negative change that this would have on families. Please take these things into consideration before making any major changes to our school calendars. As we all have heard time and time again…community comes first.
Hi Brian, thanks for taking the time to comment. Before making any big system change we would spend time meeting and communicating with families, students, staff and the community to gather feedback. The year-round calendar has strong supporters both for and against it, and I listen to and consider all of the feedback.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Summer is the only season the kids have to enjoy their lives outdoor. Summer break has already been shortened to the point of being ridiculous. Also, parents will have to shuffle and scrounge to get childcare to cover these times. Thank you for the opportunity to give input!
Summer break is a time for traveling and the outdoors, but also for learning by seriously pursuing individual activities and interests. There are lots of summer opportunities available for specialized activities like coding, sports, music, foreign languages, math, etc. The year-round calendar will inevitably require lots of waivers for such activities. Thank you Shelley and Paula, I agree summer is a great opportunity for our kids to get out and explore beautiful Bellingham!
And yes, there would be many things to consider and discuss if we chose to continue to pursue the idea of a year-round calendar. Thank you for sharing your perspectives. Baker — It is obvious that the mass majority of people are adamantly against year-round school. It seems like this topic has been intentionally not very well publicized? I hope this is not a tactic to try and quietly push such a radical far reaching measure through down the road.
Baker you are very effective in getting what you want done, which is admirable and necessary at times. I do also understand that it would make things much easier for your office with budgets, teacher training and future union negotiations. Pushing this through without due process would be grossly dishonest and negligent and would be a complete disservice to the community and the tax payers who compensate you incredibly well. It is clear from your rebuttals that you are strongly pushing for year-round school.
I hope you will address and publish this comment and give this subject the visibility it deserves as it will adversely affect so many people that you are paid to serve. At PTA and staff meetings, people have asked what a year-round or balanced calendar might look like for us, so we are simply addressing this question. As with any big system change we would follow a thorough process of gathering feedback from staff, families, students and the community.
We shared this message and survey out to all our district families and staff, via Facebook and our website to try and get as much feedback as possible. While many of the comments on the blog are concerned about the year-round calendar, the survey feedback is mixed. It is my job to consider and listen to all feedback, and I look forward to sharing out the results of our survey soon. Again, the message and survey centered around consideration of three different calendar scenarios not just the year-round model.
I appreciate you taking the time to post on the blog. John Myers, I agree with you. This is how our current schedule was approached. A simple survey. My mistake. Baker was serious about changing the start and stop dates of the school year. Lets keep it honest. It makes a good example. I agree with you. Are current school schedule is a result of a simple request for input. This time I did respond. We should have at least 5 working days to respond all surveys.
Not a weekend and Monday night. Survey closed. Mike, thanks for commenting and I hope you see this is just another opportunity to families to provide their thoughts and feedback. In regards to the survey, it was shared out on May 30, giving everyone a full week before it closed. I give more context to our current thinking and next steps.
I want the community to know they can email me anytime with questions, wonders, concerns or reflections. Sorry for the frustration, and thanks for the input on timeline and process. If we can communicate to all families about school closures due to inclement weather, I would want a similar ask of all families. I would also like to see the district engage with all families — those without tech access and who speak multiple languages.
Why did some of them abandon the year-round calendar and go back to traditional ones? How does it affect student learning? How does a calendar change create better learning effects than smaller class sizes, providing reading materials to all of our students in poverty during breaks and mentoring programs like Beats at Shuksan? Please partner with Whatcom and Skagit county school districts all state? No longer can I rely on high school kids to help fill in some of those gaps.
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