|FAQs About Year-Round Schools from a Teacher|
|A Sample from 2011-2012. It still works similarly. Here is a link.|
Here are answers to specific questions I've been asked:
Do you really teach all year long? Nope. I teach 10 months, but they are spread out over a school year. I don't have 2 months off for summer, but I do have other breaks during the year. Students come for 180 days in NC.
What happens when school is cancelled for snow? When we have a snow day, the school is closed, even to teachers. We go for a short session on the following Saturday to make up the day with students, with no breakfast, recess, or lunch on Saturdays.
What? School on Saturdays? Really? Yep. It doesn't happen often in NC, but we all know that it's just a part of the year-round schedule. Students are dismissed early on those days, so we are only there for about 5 hours - not a whole day.
Don't you miss your long summer break? Not really. If you look back at the calendar, you'll see I had a 2.5 week break in September, a 4 week break in December, 3 weeks off in March, and the month of June off, too. Since I love to go to the beach at any point in the year, it works great for my family.
Does this eliminate the "summer slide?" It's really pretty cool, since my kiddos don't forget as much over a 3 or 4 week break as they do over 2 months of summer. We don't need to spend as much time reviewing the prior grade at the beginning of the year.
I know it sounds really confusing, but the truth is, I love this schedule! It's great to have a break every quarter, and I feel like I have a lot more quality time with the kiddos in my house!! :) You'll hear me complain a bit about clopening and starting in July, but it has its distinct advantages, too. Oh, and our paychecks come year-round, too! Our annual pay is split out over 12 months, so we don't have to scrounge to pay bills over the summer - sweet!
Happy Saturday!! I'm going to get outside and enjoy this beautiful NC weather.