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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As obvious as the name, year-round schooling is education that takes place all year. For as long as many middle and high school students have been in school, there has been talk about year-round schooling.
A normal school year averages 180 days a year, with nine or 10 weeks of summer vacation. Students with year round schooling still go 180 days a year, but they get several three-week vacations spread throughout the year.
Taylor McCormick, a former West Virginia student now living in Florida, said, "Year-round schooling has its pros and cons, but from my point of view, mostly cons due to the fact that students would be attending school throughout the year."
As for the pros, she commented that even though school would last all year long, the subjects in school would be more elaborately covered.
For many teachers and students, a major flaw in the year-round school system is not having a three-month break each summer. Not everyone thinks getting rid of this is a bad thing, though.
"Three months off is a complete waste of learning time," said Judy Sanders, whose daughter, Breanna, is a sophomore at Scott High School.
"With year-round schooling, teens still get a great deal of miniature breaks in substitute of the large summer break," she added.