This study was developed to provide a detailed, descriptive, and analytical presentation of South Carolina parents' preferences for public school start dates and traditional school calendars vs. year-round school calendars. The paper presents the results of a direct-mail questionnaire, which garnered responses from 898 households in South Carolina. Overwhelmingly, 80% of the respondents prefer a later school start date. 72% prefer the traditional school calendar to the year-round school calendars. In addition, this study provides regional differences within the state regarding school schedule preferences. There are distinct differences in opinion between the coastal, midland, and upstate regions of South Carolina.



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