NEW LONDON, Ct. (WFSB) - New London has launched a new year-round program for kindergarteners and first graders at Winthrop Elementary and Nathan Hale Schools.

Students will have 6 weeks of learning then have two weeks off.

Marquis Williams, a parent, said, "I think its a good idea. It will give him a chance to have a break and absorb everything .  Its new, so, we’ll see how it works.”

Another parent, Michelle Johnson said her son thrives on routine, and this new program will give him the routine he misses during the summer.

During the 6th week, parents will come to school.

“A huge piece here is really switching the way we teach and that teachers are teaching in teams,” said Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie. “And a big piece is also parent engagement. So parents will come to school week 6 with their children.”

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