We’ve heard before that Vancouver school district is considering year-round schooling, but still I was surprised by the lead paragraph in a story today in the Globe and Mail.

Vancouver students may soon have to say goodbye to their two-month summer vacation. Over the next five years, the Vancouver School Board’s superintendent of schools, Steve Cardwell, plans to move the district to a year-round calendar.”

Later, he’s quoted as saying he expects three to six schools will have a balanced calendar by September 2012 or 2013. That sounds doable. But a district-wide change in five years??

The story prompted a tweet Tuesday morning from board chairwoman Patti Bacchus asking: “OK people, what do you think?”

Good question.

District communications manager Kurt Heinrich said discussions about year-round schooling are community driven, with the greatest interest emerging at Thunderbird elementary school.

February 14, 2012. 11:57 am • Section: Report Card

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun 


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