A traditional school year calendar or a so-called balanced one? Holt parents have a choice

By Aundreana Jones-Poole
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

The Holt School District is giving parents a choice between sending their children to traditional or balanced calendar schools. A balanced calendar still gives students the same 180-day school semester as a traditional calendar, but doesn’t allow students a three-month summer vacation. Instead, it is reduced to eight weeks or less. Breaks of typically two weeks are given to students in the fall, around the holidays in winter, and in the spring. The Holt School District has two balanced calendar elementary schools, Horizon and Sycamore, both kindergarten through fourth grade, but isn’t currently making any initiatives to convert the other nine traditional calendar schools into balanced calendars, according District Superintendent David Hornak.