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    One of my friends said her school system is thinking about implementing what is called a "balanced calendar" next year.

    This is what the plan entails:
    Starting school in 2009 in Aug. 12. After a 60-day corporationwide trimester, there would be a three-week break in November. After school resumed for another 60-day trimester, there would be another three-week break at the end of March before the final trimester. According to this plan, the final trimester would end on June 17.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? She said that many schools around the nation have implemented something like this and Indiana is behind the times.
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    They don't have that system in my state or the ones nearby (Mass, Maine or NH) so it is certainly not just Indiana. I have to admit that I think it is a good idea though. Summer is nice and all but I know that I forget a lot over the summer through lack of use and honestly, I'm bored by August anyway.

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    We don't have that in North Carolina. There are a lot of "year round schools" though. Similar concept but instead of 3 trimesters you still have your 4 quarters, broken up with 2-3 week breaks in between.
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    There are positives and negatives for plans like these (and a million variations). One of the biggest negatives is wear-and-tear on the physical plant. Schools traditionally use the summer months to do maintenence. Shorter breaks make for more difficult scheduling, especially for major jobs.
    Some other headaches that can occur:
    Unless all of the schools in the area are on the same system (rare, indeed) it also creates havoc on intermurals. Do your local community sports teams (soccer, peewee football, little league, etc. use the school grounds during the summer for their practices and games? That has to be accounted for. Tougher for kids to get summer jobs. And, the really fun one - try this when the elementary system and the high school system are different districts, on different schedules!

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    One thing I know was brought up was babysitting. People will now have to find a babysitter for the 3 week breaks along with the summer break.
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    Sounds similar to how some European countries work the school schedule. I like the idea of three midsized breaks throughout the year rather than a big summer break and two smaller winter and summer breaks.

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