The Fairfax Times urges Superintendent Karen Garza and the Fairfax County School Board to revisit the pros and cons of a modified calendar for some schools. “During the decade the year-round program was in place at Dogwood, Graham Road and other Fairfax-based elementary schools, teachers, students, and parents gave it rave reviews,” the Times said.
Proponents cite increased student achievement, improved attendance and expanded opportunities for remediation and enrichment. Many also believe the modified calendar also minimizes holiday learning loss, particularly in math and science.
Although there have been no budget amendments for year-round schools in the past few years, Sandy Evans (Mason District) has publicly expressed her interest in giving some schools this option at some point.