Everyone agrees that the current school calendar - nine months on and three months off - is derived from America's agricultural past, when children were needed at home in the summer for farm chores. But the debate about what to replace it with, or whether it needs to be replaced at all, is far from settled.
After a year of considering what to do, a Berkeley County Board of Education task force last week recommended a pilot program to take the study to the next step.
Under the plan, the school system would select a pilot school to operate on a new schedule - 45 days on then 15 off - all through the year. That school would also be paired with another school, so that children whose parents didn't want them attending classes year-round would have an option within their district.
Staff could also choose not to participate in the year-round schedule, which would be tested at the pilot school for three years.