But while Myers said the schedule seems to be better for learning, she added many students would like “more of a summer.”
Schnepp said it’s “almost like coming back after Christmas break.” Alexandria and Elwood’s summer breaks were shortened by about two weeks with the balanced calendar.
On the calendar for the second year, though, Schnepp added that Alexandria has adjusted well.
With the exception of a few excused students still on trips with their parents or participating in Indiana State Fair events, he said, attendance has been good.
Elwood Middle School Principal Teresa Boucher and Retherford said there have been a few concerns from parents about the impact of starting sooner, especially with summer activities and sports, but that community response has been generally positive.
In Session School start dates for Madison County and surrounding areas Shenandoah: Aug. 6 Anderson Community Schools: Aug. 7 Anderson Preparatory Academy: Aug. 7 South Madison: Aug. 7 Madison-Grant: Aug. 8 Indiana Christian: Aug. 12 Liberty Christian: Aug. 14 Daleville: Aug. 14 Frankton-Lapel: Aug. 15