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Let kids be kids for the summer

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Ms. Thornton’s letter (“Give New School Calendar a Chance,” May 1 Post Independent). I once again ask who does this calendar benefit?

I noticed that Ms. Thornton works for the school system. How nice for you that you have the same schedule as your kids do. Maybe you are ready for your kids to be back in school Aug. 1. My kids are not bored and ready to go back to school then. What about the 4-H kids and their projects and animals that they do? Those animals are not ready for the fair as it is now. Are we going to have the fair in July so the school personnel can go back to work? Seems way too early to me.

In response to having a high school student come baby-sit for me, it’s not really an option, not unless that student drives already. Where we live is at least a 30-minute drive one way to town.

What about after-school sports and academic programs? Are students still going to have to attend these practices on the weeks when they are out of school? If so, how do the parents of students who live out of town get off of work and get their children to practices on time? If they don’t attend these practices, they suffer when it comes time to play the games, even if they are top athletes. Coaches don’t play kids who haven’t attended practices that week. Seems those kids are going to suffer and sit out because of it.

I know my kids would rather go to nine months of school and be done with it and have a three-month summer break. Let kids be kids for the summer and have a break from school during the warmer months.

Seems to me the Re-1 school staff has the right idea. Their calendar for next year is starting school after Labor Day and getting out at the end of May.

I think students are going to be playing catch up and remember after a three-week Christmas break. So why not do it all at one time and give them a summer vacation?

Where are all the parents who I have talked to about this calendar? Not one parent I talked to was for this schedule. We all agreed that it benefits the teachers and not anybody else, especially not the kids.

Ask the student what they think of the schedule. They are the ones that have to go through it.


Marie Jensen

New Castle

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