Some Utah schools opting out of year-round classes


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LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- Some Utah school districts along the Wasatch Front are opting out of year-round elementary school.

Once a popular solution for overcrowding, the practice has fallen out of favor in some districts, partly because of objections from parents.

The Davis School District recently switched two of its six schools to traditional fall-to-summer schedules. The new Canyons School District has also gone to a traditional schedule, as has another school in the Jordan district.

Most year-round schools in Utah go for 172 days per year but often with longer days than those on the traditional schedule.

John Sheffield, Davis elementary schools director, says he'd eventually like to see more schools going year-round. He says year-round students in Davis retain more knowledge and perform well on tests.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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