Many schools throughout Indiana are moving to a new yearly calendar format generally known as a balanced calendar.
While Greencastle Community Schools does not have a specific proposal for a 2012-13 calendar at this point, the district plans to consider the balanced calendar option.
While all students would still attend school 180 days, the student days would be spread more evenly over the yearly calendar.
School would begin earlier in August and the fall, winter and spring breaks would occur at generally the same time as the traditional calendar but last longer.
A balanced calendar could provide increased opportunity for offering timely remediation and enrichment to students and reduce the amount of time away from instruction in the summer, school officials believe.
In addition, a balanced calendar is seen as offering more flexibility to families in planning vacations and family activities. Schools implementing a balanced calendar report improved attendance for both students and staff.
GCSC would like feedback from parents and community members about potential school calendar options utilizing various "balanced" approaches.
Three balanced calendar options are available for review on the GCSC website at www.greencastle.k12.in.us.
Parents and community members are encouraged to provide feedback online after reviewing the calendar options.