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Shorter breaks throughout the year equals more retention and more learning, and it basically eliminates the need for more snow days.

Year-round school is not likely in Wood County - at least not according to superintendent of schools Patrick Law.

The main reason is a lot of schools here still aren't prepared for the summer heat.

Senator Joe Manchin is the latest to say year-round school is inevitable.

He notes it's long been policy in schools around the world.

And while doubting it will happen soon in Wood County, doctor Law notes the traditional school calendar has had some changes during the past few decades.

"If I remember my school calendar, we began after Labor Day and ended up Memorial Day. Now, we're going into June and starting into August," he says. "The calendar has changed a little bit, and we're getting more into those summer days, when it's so warm."

Senator Manchin is the latest to point out the original reason for giving kids the summer off had nothing to do with vacation.

It was because, when the nation had a mostly agricultural economy, sons and daughters of farmers worked the fields during that time.

What will be of concern to Wood County Schools in the next few weeks is the adoption of the school calendar for next year.

It will have to reflect changes the state has made to deal with the problem of missed school days during the winter.


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