Year-Round Education

Adopted March 1986 – Reviewed and deemed relevant February 2016 – Education Commission

California State PTA recognizes that year-round education can provide an opportunity to improve the quality of education and maximizes the utilization of existing school facilities. The acceptance and success of year-round education is enhanced by involving the parents/guardians, students, teachers, and community in a study of year-round education prior to implementation. PTA leaders should attend school board meetings, discuss students’ needs with administrators, students and parents/guardians, and be available to serve on year-round education study committees.

In considering year-round education PTA supports:

  • Early involvement of parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, staff, students, school board members, community and youth-serving agencies;
  • Adoption of goals and objectives that meet student needs and California Education Code requirements and give the highest priority to providing a quality program for every student;
  • Decisions on factors that include the health and welfare of students; facilities use; teacher availability; voluntary versus mandatory desegregation plans; enrollment and housing trends; cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic balance; and the commitment of the community to coordinate youth services;
  • Specific efforts of the study committee to identify and meet actual community needs and, if a decision for year-round education has been made, to overcome the natural resistance to change;
  • Assignment of students within a family to similar or like tracks whenever feasible;
  • The legal authority of the school board to make the final decision;
  • Continued community involvement following transition to year-round education to ensure a positive climate for quality education;
  • Cooperation of community agencies and organizations that serve children in adapting and providing programs that meet the needs of the students;
  • Opportunities for students to participate in special classes, extracurricular and co-curricular activities in a multi-track system;
  • Communication that will keep parents/guardians, teachers, and students informed throughout the year; and
  • Providing assistance to the principal and support staff who encounter additional responsibilities in the year-round schedule.
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