Balanced calendar prevents summer "brain drain"

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FLINT, MI. (WILX) -- The Flint School District is trying something new to prevent the summer "brain drain."

Starting in fall of 2019, the school year will start earlier and end later, and have more breaks in between.

Education experts say this "balanced" calendar reduces summer learning loss.

According to their website, Flint Schools says that "a balanced calendar has the same exact number of school days as the traditional calendar but with more breaks.

"During each school session, students will be in class for roughly 45 days straight before taking a five day break. The shorter breaks are in place of a lengthy summer vacation and referred to as an intersession."

Flint Schools will start on August 7 and finish on June 18.

And during the year, students will have six extra breaks of between four and ten days.

One of the district's elementary schools,Freeman, has been doing it for a couple of years and they say results have been positive.

They say the shift to this calendar "aligns with the District’s ongoing efforts to improve academic achievement."

For more information on the balanced calendar, click here.

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