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Back to school already!?! School year begins early for some

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PETERBSURG, Va. -- While most students are still on summer break, some children in Central Virginia headed back to class Monday.

A year-round school program started at Peabody Middle and AP Hill Elementary schools in Petersburg.

The city school district said it hoped year-round school will help improve student test scores. Both schools were denied accreditation for the 2013-2014 school year.

Nearly 2,000 people showed up for the year-round school kick-off rally last Saturday.

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  • Regina Pate

    My daughter is in the 7th grade at Peabody Middle School. Concern is that even though the kids go to school 20 days early there are no additional breaks. They are actually on the same schedule as kids starting in September. My experience with year round school includes additional breaks but this is not the case with Petersburg. I pray that this works because the school system is definitely in crisis.

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