From MuskokaUnlimited.com: Some Schools Started in Early August
Putting aside the joy many of us are feeling today as we dropped our children off, at the bus stop, or sent them walking to school, it is time to really engage the TLDSB community about a modified school year calendar.
A few weeks ago I met with some friends and inevitably the conversation turned to what are the children up to. Most of us were saying, “I can’t wait until September 5.”
However, my cousin Sam and his wife Courtney’s kids had already returned to school because their board offers a modified calendar that spreads out vacation times throughout the year.
They’re in the Durham District School Board, which has two schools offering modified school year programming. Students attend school year-round with a month off in July and more days off strewn throughout the year.
And my friends – plus the other parents they know in the program – absolutely love it! Extra vacation days at various times means not having to make travel plans at the same time as most.
They notice their kids learning is more balanced with one less month of summer. There is also less feeling of “parent burnout.”
As well, the kids don’t mind because they’re doing it with their friends. It’s also a great opportunity for more outdoor learning days when the sun is shining. It will be interesting to see in the future how grades, student successes compare to those on traditional calendars.
Oh, and it’s a great opportunity to do some fun outdoor couple things mid-week in August like golf, swimming, paddling and whatever else you fancy since you don’t have to worry about childcare.
For the Durham school board, this year’s modified calendar started on August 8. They had a PD Day on August 31, a Board Holiday on September 1 and of course Labour Day (a national statutory holiday) on September 4. That meant a five-day holiday for their families, which was welcome after three weeks of five-day school weeks.
Learn more about this interesting idea at: https://muskokaunlimited.com/2023/09/05/some-schools-started-in-early-august/