Greenwood School District 50 considers modified school calendar, shorter summer break


GREENWOOD, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate school district has been looking at a new calendar for 2020.

The proposal 2020-2021 calendar for Greenwood School District 50 would have students start the school year at the end of July. Every nine weeks of instruction would be followed by a two week break. Summer break would be about six weeks.

“We’ve been doing things the same way for several years now and so we wanted to make a change to see if this would improve our academic achievement as well as things with our students and staff,” Greenwood School District 50 spokesperson Johnathan Graves said.

The proposal came after the state report card showed the district falls below the state average for SC READY English Language Arts and mathematics.

“I feel like you forget stuff when you are out for so long, and summer feels very short, but you are not in classes,” Emerald High School student Caroline Rhodes said. “Especially math I feel like is something you need to practice constantly.”

With the new calendar, under performing students would have the opportunity for extra instruction during the two week breaks, school officials said.

While the district has researched the calendar option extensively, they still want to hear from parents on their concerns. The district will host three community meetings.

“We’ll make those revisions off some suggestions if they are the ones we have to go with and it would go before the board of trustees at the earliest in the November board meeting,” Graves said.

The community meetings will be open to the public. They will be held on October 22 at 5:30 p.m., October 24 at 8 a.m. and November 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Genesis Educational Center.

If approved, the modified calendar would be for three years.

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