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It started out as a preview of year-round school, but shouldn't schools look at the possibility of starting school later than the first week of August?
August is usually the hottest month of the year. Buses have no air conditioning and sometimes schools close down for half the day because of the heat.
It also costs much more to keep school buildings cool during that kind of weather.
We realize by starting a couple of weeks later, the school year would end a couple of weeks later. But, by starting closer to Labor Day, could the schools might not need a fall break?
And, by starting later and with a tough winter of closed-down days, some or most of those days would have to be made up. But, what would be wrong of getting out of school the last week of May or the first week of June?
Graduation could automatically always be set for the Thursday or Friday before Memorial Day.
But, wouldn't it also be fun for some children to have the first two weeks of August off to just "be a kid" after the all-star and travel baseball and softball seasons are over and family vacations and Bible Schools are completed instead of rushing back to the 8 to 3 grind?
Schools in the south used to start around Labor Day and we realize that was when a lot of farm work, tobacco and more, had to be completed by youngsters.
While Labor Day may be too late to start, is it not time to re-evaluate the start of the school calendar year?