RBSD Explores Year-Round School
By District Administrator Gary Hansen
The Rosendale-Brandon School District has been an innovative district that constantly strives to find the best educational opportunities for students. It is in this spirit that the Rosendale-Brandon School Board is currently exploring a concept known as a “year-round” school as an option for our 1st through 5th grade students this coming 2015-2016 school year. Should the Board move forward with this concept, our “traditional” school calendar will not change. Offering a “year-round” schedule simply provides another option for students and parents who choose to participate.
The term “year-round” is a bit misleading because the total number of attendance days for students remains the same as a “traditional” school year. The difference between a “traditional” and a “year-round” schedule is that the “year-round” calendar offers a shorter break during summer with more frequent breaks throughout the year. Why can this be advantageous? Well, research shows that a “year-round” calendar helps to alleviate what is known as “the summer slide”, where students’ academic abilities tend to fall back a bit over the longer summer break found in a traditional school calendar. Other areas that are showing improvement as a result of having more frequent breaks offered in a “year-round” calendar include student attendance, student behavior, and even staff morale.
We recently sent a letter/email to parents who will have students entering grades 1-5 next year. What has been parent reaction to this concept?
As I write this article, we await more parent responses; however, the initial trend shows parents are supportive of the concept – which excites us for the possibility of providing more learning options to students. We will certainly keep you informed as research continues and developments transpire.