School schedules fine as-is


Dear editor,

I’m a parent and an educator and completely disagree that our students “don’t get a full summer.” I would suggest you attend some of the local school districts calendar planning teams to see the research and planning that goes into scheduling.
I have been aCarmel employee for 27 years and am a parent in Noblesville. I have been asked my opinion in both roles about issues such as completing semester one prior to winter break, which federal holidays should be taken off and how long breaks should be.

You may be surprised to know that the majority rules and we are quite satisfied with
current schedules.  In fact, most Hamilton County schools will be moving to June and July breaks, with two weeks in fall, winter, and spring within the next few years.
My reasons are simple: We no longer have the need to have our kids home to help with planting and harvesting and the current 10 weeks of summer break provides a lot of opportunity to lose skills previously gained.

Finally, when I was growing up (1970’s) there were kids who attended multiple weeks of camp, but those types of camps are very rare now and if they did exist would be cost prohibitive.  Many kids attend specialty camps (sports, church, or arts based) but they are quite expensive and are designed for one week stays.

Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion,

Jeanne Lawson

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