(7/13/13) School starts this week...for students at Hamilton Elementary in the La Crosse School District.
That's where a year-round calendar is being tried for the first time. Teachers have been preparing their rooms and lessons since school ended last month. Students will return this Thursday. Now instead of having a three-month summer break, the year-round calendar will be broken into blocks of about 45 day-quarters, with 15 days off in between. Teachers and administrators believe the year-round calendar will help students maintain academic progress that many times is lost during what's known as the "Summer Slide."
Source: La Crosse Tribune