GOSHEN ? Summer vacation and other breaks throughout the year may be shortened for Goshen schools. They are looking at what is called a “balanced calendar.” More breaks or intercessions would be offered, but they would be shorter.
“Studies have shown again and again, the loss of knowledge and so on during the summer,” said Superintendent Bruce Stahly. “We are trying to shorten the gap there.”
“What we’re trying to do is shrink what we call ‘summer learning loss,’” said Barry Younghans, secondary education and transportation director. “We know that when kids are out of school, that it is a time they are not being exposed to educational opportunities, and what we are trying to do is minimize that time.”
One possibility is shifting the time to make the best use of it.
“There are different kinds of calendars,” said Younghans. “You might have 45 days of school, 15 days off, 60 days of school, 20 days off. You basically set it based on what you think is best for your particular school.”
It will still be a while before final consensus is reached on the idea. A study committee formed to look into it will continue to meet to weigh the pros and cons.
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