CITY LEADERS, RESIDENTS, STUDENTS DEBATE EXTENDING SUMMER BREAKS

Extended Summers

By WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Beasley

An extended summer break may sound tempting, but some school-age parents wonder if the cons outweigh the pros.

Many on Monday voiced their opinions, even if they did not have a child in grade school. Some were in favor, while others were not.

“Not at the expense of a longer school day,” said Donna Aaron, mayor of Northport. “So, you can’t have them both.”

One Tuscaloosa resident believed students are in class all the time, and they deserve a longer break.

“They just need a little more time off than being in school because they always in school, but they only out for two months, so they need a little more time,” said Ashley Robinson.

Another University of Alabama student said as long as they can fit all the material in, she sees no reason not to extend summers.

“I think that if the curriculum can be compressed into those shorter term times, then a longer summer break would be fine,” said Ally Williams.

Aaron also brought up a point about this influencing after-school activities.

“If you go to school to 4:30, 5 o’clock, then if you play a sport, then you don’t have time to go home and have dinner with your family and do homework,” said Aaron.

On the other hand, Robinson said having a longer summer break would make up for lost time with family.

“I think the students need to be … spend more time at home with their family,” Robinson said

Superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools, Mike Daria, said they would prefer school calendars to be left to the local board. With a longer summer, it could sacrifice other breaks.

“Winter breaks, spring breaks, and then some individual breaks throughout the course of the calendar, which is something that our community has told us is important,” said Daria.

Daria also said the school calendar is always based on the needs of their students and community, and that is how he intends to keep it.

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