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  • Start school in August

    Start school on the second Monday in August gets children a good start up for the year. Think about when inclement weather around the winter months come around? A bad winter month causes kids to miss school, so starting in August might change the attitude of people in general. So getting through the first two ti three marking periods might make difference so children don't miss summer break that much. Maybe school should start the first Monday in August to add the additional confidence that the children should have a one week fall break and a family week for first/second week in September as an astonishing reward and reminder to families even just after 25 days of school could make everyone happier to acknowledge why a September Break entitled Family Week to families to share and spend time together like they did in the one week vacation before school started in September after labor day. A one week fall around Thanksgiving any why? Who needs to go to school only two days anyway on the week of Thanksgiving anyways? Two days that week is just a was of time anyways because off of school for three days, not isn't much of a a break to me. Then there is also winter break. In addition still the first two marking periods would be almost over. Families then again could choose to send their children as a option on Election, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day or arrange something with the child's teacher to put a individual lesson packet together to do on one week breaks and three day weekends, etc. At one time Christopher Colubus Day was a time off, and why not the other days could be an optional day for people. A lesson packet could be arranged for Election Day and Martin Luther King Jr days for kids to do home.

  • More efficient use of the same number of school days.

    The number of days summer lasts and the number of days would essentially remain the same every year.

    High School students are at a distinct disadvantage academically if their school year starts in September and not August. Instead of using the 2 extra weeks to prepare for AP exams or other standardized tests they end up wasting those 2 weeks after the exam is over watching Shrek in class.

    August is hot, but it is better they are in a school where the school can be air conditioned it as opposed to low-income families that may not have air conditioning.

  • More efficient use of the same number of school days.

    The number of days summer lasts and the number of days would essentially remain the same every year.

    High School students are at a distinct disadvantage academically if their school year starts in September and not August. Instead of using the 2 extra weeks to prepare for AP exams or other standardized tests they end up wasting those 2 weeks after the exam is over watching Shrek in class.

    August is hot, but it is better they are in a school where the school can be air conditioned it as opposed to low-income families that may not have air conditioning.

  • Learning statistics would improve drastically

    The facts are that kids and teens lose about a month worth of knowledge over the summer so depending on when school ends which is usually late June for most students they lose approximately a months worth of information over the course of 2 months. Therefore if school starts in the month of august the students still have time to relax, enjoy themselves and take a little break while also reducing the learning loss by approximately 50%. By doing so, you or your child depending on who you are, will increase grades in the classroom by over 100% as the years of school add up. This will lead to a better and brighter future for generations to come.

  • US schools have too many holidays

    Having the Summer off school originated because in the summer time families needed the children to help on the farms. Farming is not so common anymore so this practice is outdated. 6 weeks off over the Summer is more than enough, any longer and the kids risk brain atrophy.

    Having such a long summer means the first few months of the school year are wasted as they are spent getting kids back into the habits of study and remembering all they forgot over the Summer and the last few months are a waste because what is learned will be lost.

  • I Think School Should Start Earlier Than August

    My reasoning behind this is that throughout the three months of summer, students already forget an incredible amount of what they learned during the school year. Over summer, they do not study, (perhaps by some miracle a few do,) however, the majority of kids don't. Therefore, they aren't prepared for the coming school year in the least. If summer was extended, it would be a disaster. If school started earlier, maybe after one month of summer, the teachings of the previous year would still be relatively fresh in their minds. It would be better for their education. They might not like the idea of it, but they would come to be glad for that in the future.

  • As Opposed to July

    In Putnam County Tennessee, the summer is from May 25 to July 23 (give or take a few days). "Oh well your breaks must be incredible!" No. We have 2 weeks in the fall, 2 in the winter and 2 in the spring. This is more than normal but still doesn't add to the typical summer of 10+ weeks. Where the days are lost is in "snow days". We have 13 days built into the schedule, meaning, if the board decides that 13 days are unsafe because of snow on the roads, no harm no foul. But what happens if there is only 1 or 2 snow days (the past 3 years)? The days are not given back and we continue school. I we should extend our summer by 13 days, and each day we have snow, shorten it. This way we use the exact amount every year. So yes, i would love to go back in August.

  • It is Way To Hot!

    Kids who live in the desert should NOT be going back to school in August. It is Way to hot for sports, running track, or outside activities. Most of the class rooms are lacking in the AC and then students who ride the bus or walk to and from school have to walk in the heat of 100 plus degrees to and from the bus/home. Dangerous!

  • Starting school in August

    I don`t think school should start in August. August is a summer month. I think of school I think of September. It is important to forget about working and relaxation and enjoyment can be just as important. September 3rd and I like having it start when it is a bit chillier outside.

  • Unneeded trend which evokes misery and heat strokes

    In my district, we go back to school the day after labor day. Even then, it is usually in the low 90s outside and the humidity is through the roof. But August... That is torturous. What is the point of having so much discomfort? The heat is a learning distraction. A common argument is "well they get out earlier"...What's the difference about when you get out if the whole first month is an oven? It is completely unnecessary and just a pain in the ass for every involved.

  • Un-air conditioned schools make August school days miserable!

    Starting school after Labor Day and ending the second week of June would alleviate the brutal August days spent in 85+ degree classrooms. Student focus wanes in the heat and humidity. Unless funding exists to air condition all schools, it is not in the best interest of students or teachers to have school in August.

  • August is summer...

    Why would starting school in dead heat beat starting school a month later when things have cooled down!? Although an earlier start means an earlier end, august is a summer month which should be enjoyed not wasted away in a sweltering classroom! Also, most sleepaway camps run from June 29- August 16. How does starting school a couple weeks before camp ends make any sense!?

  • Not for everybody

    In New Zealand our school starts beginning of February (southern hemisphere.) I think starting six months later is too late because nobody needs a seven month holiday. This would only leave a few months to learn and children would get bored during that seven month gap. Also why would we start school in the middle of winter??

  • No school should start in September as it already does

    Children would be much more focused and ready to learn after a month off school and therefore able to produce work of a better quality. Although more material would be covered if the summer holidays were shorter the quality of learning would suffer due to a lack of concentration and people complaining that they need a break,it is therefore likely that this would have to be repeated anyway. Quality of learning would also suffer as August is typically the hottest month in the UK and students wouldn't be able to cope with the heat, particularly in classrooms without blinds.
    Although children may forget some of what they learnt which may be a reason for some people to think that the holidays should be shortened leaving children to go back to school earlier, however reflects the working environment well as workers frequently have to pick up work from old customers just like children pick up from before the summer. Allow children to forget about what they have learnt teaches them that sometimes it is important to forget about working and relaxation and enjoyment can be just as important.
    The school as a whole also benefits from Holidays that end in September , a month when no children are at the school is an ideal time for essential maintenance and building work without distrusting the flow of learning. As exams take place in the summer these may well be disrupted if the summer holidays are not long enough. If the summer holidays only lasted say around three weeks then exams may have to be taken along side noisy building work or separated into so many different rooms there are not enough individuals to cover everyone. This has in the past resulted in grades being compensated. Other important tasks can be taken care of in the summer such as parents buying school uniforms and teachers planning the years work. A long summer is also the perfect opportunity for those in their later years of high school or further education to gain essential work experience to help with future employment.
    Families should enjoy as much time as possible together, to allow for this Summer holidays should end in September. Children need to develop good relationships with their parents and a long summer is a great chance to get too now more distant family members who are also important in the family structure. Children can also learn responsibility through planning what activities they would like to do as a family and maybe learning about budgeting if some activities are not possible.
    A summer that ends in September rather than August encourages children to work hard through the year ,as the thought of a long summer where they can have free time to themselves , at the end of it gives them the motivation to continue. The longer the summer holidays are the more they teach children that hard work earns rewards.

  • School starts soon

    I don`t think school should start in August because I think students should be able to enjoy their summer in every possible way and to me when I think of school I think of September. Also I think school should start I September because my school starts on September 3rd and I like having it start when it is a bit chillier outside.

  • Summer is Summer

    Summer is synonymous with childhood and long summer days spent at the beach or in the pool.It's a time when kids reconnect with their families near and far, hang out with cousins and grandmas, aunts and uncles. Next week here in Hemet the temperature is going to be 107 all week. Perfect at the beach where the temp will be in the 80s . Children will be at school every day. Will they learn anything? Absolutely not. They will be miserable. They will be unable to get outside and we will be cooped up all day in the classroom, unable to focus or concentrate. Why are we taking summer away from kids. In June the beach is too gloomy and kids do not get to experience a true summer.

  • Labor day to Memorial day

    As a teacher the argument to start early was put to us that kids retain more being shorter breaks and shorter summer time. However that does not hold true in my experiences. Grades at the end of the semester are plus or minus a point or two different compared to years before the shift. The nice weather is an issue with the attention span of the kids. They would rather be at the pool, amusement park, or beach. It takes about a month to get them into a routine. By the way that would be the end of August. A major negative in my opinion is not offering summer school. The use of a balanced calendar has ended any option of that. If families want kids back in school offer summer school again. It provided extra time for lowering achieving students while allowing for summer jobs and vacation options for families. Not that this should be considered in the argument but it is a reality. NCAA viewing period for basketball and AAU tournaments run till August. You may not like to hear that as a argument but espn just aired it last weekend. I guarantee I have students that do not need the 180 days now to pass any test, with that said I can make the same statement if school was 300 days I have some that would still not pass. Stop kidding ourselves money and politics make the decision. If you doubt it go to a school board meeting a few times or listen to your school corporations super intendent


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FreeSpirit3927 says2017-08-07T11:40:32.230
Year Round "School" is a Police State System. Notice how the more government gets their dirty hands on your CHILDREN (not kids = baby goats) the LESS THEY ACTUALLY LEARN. "School" has become a freaking PRISON.