Year-round calendar has some students back in class today

Emmons Lake Elementary in Caledonia. (Aug. 4, 2015)

CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — If you have kids you might be starting to think about back to school shopping and schedule changes.

But for students and teachers at Caledonia Community Schools’ Emmons Lake Elementary, classes already begin Tuesday.

Emmons Lake Elementary School Principal Tony Silveri said the school has been operating on the year-round schedule since it started.

“There’s a lot of research out there that shows a shorter summer break helps with the student retention and we found that’s the case with our kids,” said Silveri.

With a shorter summer break and additional breaks in October, February and April, families are able to travel more often and for cheaper during those off-peak times.

“They (parents) love the calendar. It gives a break for some of our parents too. Not only do they like it for the retention, what their kids are able to keep, but it also gives them breaks at different times of year when they can go and do things with their kids they normally couldn’t do,” said Silveri.

Stephanie Pearson says her two daughters are more than ready to go back to school.

“By August 1st they’re ready. They’re bored. They’re like “OK, yeah, we’re ready to go back to school,'” said Pearson.

This year, Stephanie is sending her oldest off to middle school where the calendar is traditional which means he will still be home when the girls are hitting the books.

“Other parents have said they enjoy the one-on-one time with the kids that are older because they don’t usually get to have that quality free time with them,” said Pearson.

Parents in the Caledonia school district can request Emmons Lake Elementary for their children but it is quite popular and they will have a lottery if need be.

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