Friday, July 31, 2015

School in August!


My kids start school in 2 weeks. Yup they start in the middle of August and I feel like we are getting ripped off of 2 weeks of summer. When I was in school the school year went from the Monday after Labor Day to early June. First day of school was associated with falling leaves and cooler weather. Since my own kids have been in school the first day of school gets earlier and earlier.

 So what's the deal?

By law, schools are required to have a certain number days or hours of instruction. Over the years you may have noticed that there are more holidays throughout the year. Spring and winter breaks are getting longer. Also I don't know about your school, but my kids get a week off for President's Day. In order to ensure that the school district hits the required number of days of instruction the school year has to start earlier than ever.

Although I enjoy the extended days off during the year I really feel like summers are being cut short. 10 weeks just does not feel like enough time to enjoy a vacation. Sending the kids to school when it's still 100 degrees outside seems wrong. Seeing school supplies next to pool supplies seems wrong.

When do your kids go back to school? 

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