GEORGETOWN — Georgetown County School District students might be attending school on a modified year-round schedule starting in August 2023.
A committee to consider adoption of a “modified” year-round calendar for the district’s 2023-24 academic year recommended approval to the Georgetown County School Board at its Sept. 21 meeting.
The board took no action on the recommendation.
Following community meetings held by Georgetown County School District Superintendent Keith Price, a survey soliciting district patrons’ thoughts on the topic opened on June 8. The survey closed on Aug. 31, eliciting a total of 2,721 responses.
Fifty-seven percent of the 2,721 parents, district employees, students and community members who responded to the survey favored pursuing a modified year-round academic calendar in 2023-24. A majority of parents and employees replied in favor of the modified year-round calendar and a majority of students and community members replied against such a concept.
Among those 2,721 responses:
- 58 percent of 1,735 responding parents replied in favor of a modified year-round calendar
- 64 percent of 597 responding district employees replied in favor of a modified year-round calendar
- 66 percent of 226 responding students replied in favor of continuing with the traditional calendar
- 54 percent of 163 responding community members replied in favor of continuing with the traditional calendar
Under the modified year-round calendar, teachers would return to school on July 27, 2023, and students a week later on Aug. 3. The first semester would run 90 school days through Dec. 21, 2023, with one week off in October and the week of Thanksgiving off in November.
The second semester would get underway on Jan. 9, 2024, running through May 24 with the first week of April off.
Price told the board, following mentions of concerns about remediation during off-days, transportation and the lengthy gap between the proposed winter and spring breaks that more detail will be added before the calendar is put out for public comment.
The draft calendar presented to the board does not make clear how long students and teachers would have off in the summer of 2024, though Price said the calendar under consideration would reduce the district’s summer break by a week to a week and a half.
Georgetown County students finished up the 2022-23 academic year on June 3 and returned to class on Aug. 15, allowing a summer break of 73 days.
South Carolina state law dictates that public schools, except those pursuing a year-round modified calendar such as the one proposed for Georgetown County, cannot have their students return to class before the third Monday in August.
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