Feb 29, 2012 6:35 PM by John Reger

Why do Santa Maria Elementary and Junior High Schools Take A Month Off for Winter Break?

Our Good Question comes from San Luis Obispo tonight but it's about schools in Santa Maria. Janice Graham asks: Why do Santa Maria elementary schools take a month-long winter break? Good Question.
Janice, it's not just the elementary schools in the Santa Maria Bonita School District, but also the Junior Highs that take a month-long break from mid-December to mid-January.
But like most other districts, Santa Maria high schools take the common two-week break.
The Santa Maria-Bonita spokesperson says their students still complete a 180-day schedule because they take only a two-month summer vacation.
The month off for winter break is a holdover from when there was a shortage of space at the schools. Classes ran all year long, with students staggered 3 months on and one month off.
Four new schools have been built since 2002 and that took care of the space crunch. But the winter break month stayed because the district says families and school staff were in favor of it.
So what do you think, in favor or not? Join our discussion on facebook. And be sure to send your good question@ksby.com or, better yet friend me on facebook.com/JohnRegerKsbyNews. The only bad question is the one you don't ask.



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