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“Balanced Calendar” Eyed By Schools

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The school board for Teton County School District #1 is evaluating the idea of a calendar that features a shorter summer break.  The intent of such a calendar, says Superintendent Pam Shea is to distribute the days in such a way it minimizes so-called “learning loss” over the summer. As such, Shea says the breaks would come after an intensive quarter of learning.  However, Shea says how such a schedule would fit into a tourist-based economy like Jackson Hole where the young people work during the summers in family businesses or earning money for college is uncertain. Shea says the district plans to conduct workshops to gather information from key stakeholders like from the business community, the chamber of commerce, summer camp providers and parents in September as their evaluation of the concept continues.

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