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Public board discussing year-round schooling

The hope is to have two to three schools as part of the pilot program in time for the start of the 2019 school year
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Kids just went back to school on Tuesday, but trustees with the Waterloo Region District School Board are already thinking ahead.

They are talking about year-round schooling at the committee level.

The hope is to have two to three schools they could pilot it in first.

It would mean only month off in the summer, but a longer break over Christmas.

"So it would give an opportunity for the kids to retain their learning a little bit longer, they'd kind of be challenged to do something while they're on their break, but also when they come back, they're tested, not sitting down writing ... encouraged what do you remember? What do you need to learn again? Doing more repetitive learning as they go through the school year ... in areas they've done it, it's worked pretty well." said Waterloo Region District School Board Trustee Kathi Smith.

She says some schools in Peel and Durham are already doing this.

"So it's not just kids that are struggling, but for kids who love to learn, who would like to stay in school longer ... There's a lot of reasons for doing it, but it's hard to get over the hump, because parents, grandparents are so used to this is the way it's always been. So it's a huge change ... we all talk about summer vacation, but if it's better for kids, I think we need to give it a try." Smith told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.

She says the hope is to get two to three schools on board, and they hope to have a decision made early in 2019.

The plan would be to start the pilot program during the next school year.

Smith adds she has also been told that air conditioning would go in the schools that would be part of the year-round program.


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