When our kids are in school for 243 days a year, let's see how well they do.
Students at Mount Vernon receive an extra 25 days of school a year, comprised of optional intersessions attended by 98 percent of the student body. According to the National Association for Year-Round Education there are roughly 3,000 schools in the United States with year-round programs.
"I call it the summer hangover," said first-grade teacher Jennifer Fisher, who has taught in both traditional and year-round schools. "You really have to spend so much time getting them back into the frame of mind of school. They're not even thinking about school. ... It was very frustrating.
"With this calendar, they don't have a chance -- it's like those extra five weeks, it prevents the hangover," she said. "You know, so they have five weeks of fun and then it's 'Oh, OK, we're back at it.'"