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Moms' Talk: Let's Make It Official And Begin School After Labor Day!

Summer is not over until Labor Day has come and gone; Starting school after Labor Day is exactly how it should be!

I would not have chosen to have school delayed the way it was this year. The unexpected devastation Irene left behind was not exactly what I would call a good way to extend our summer vacation.

Yet that is exactly what did happen and instead of relaxing and enjoying the last waning days of summer we were mopping, cleaning, hauling, chopping and raking.  Not a great way to end summer!

Starting school after Labor Day is exactly how it should be, though.  Summer is not over until Labor Day has come and gone and then it is officially time to put away the bikinis, towels, sand toys, and umbrellas and put the lazy days of summer behind us.

What do you think about starting school before Labor Day?   When do you think school should start?

I wonder where the school administrators got the idea that it would be a good idea to end summer abruptly, put our children in classrooms that are mostly without air conditioning and then suddenly have a day off to celebrate Labor Day.  

My opinion of the school year is a bit wishy-washy.  I constantly waiver between the idea of starting school early and ending early or starting late and ending late.  If we were to use the 2010-11 school year as a gauge it really wouldn’t have mattered when we started because the unprecedented snowy, cold winter and endless school closings extended our school year to an almost unbearable date.

I have to be completely honest, one of the reasons I wish the school year started later is that I absolutely love summer.  I love being outside, enjoying the longer, sunny days.  I love spending time with my children when there is no schedule, no homework, no serious obligations.  I love being able to get away from it all with my family to enjoy the beach, ice cream for lunch, bike riding and just plain relaxing.

Fall brings cooler temperatures, apple picking, and leaves changing color.  It is nice to get into a familiar routine of family dinners, homework, early to bed, early to rise and the big yellow school buses dotting the landscape.

One never outgrows the thrill of back to school shopping.  Crisp clean binders, pristine notebooks, long, sharp pencils topped off with clean, pink erasers and new fall clothing.  I can remember like it was yesterday buying my one new pair of school shoes at The Chapel Square Mall.  For years I thought Macy’s and Malley’s was one department store!

What do you like best about sending your children back to school?

I still believe, though, that all that is wonderful about fall begins after Labor Day.  Let’s add school to the list and let our kids enjoy every last ounce of what makes summer vacation so much fun!

Lynda Montesi September 08, 2011 at 11:29 AM
I agree..after Labor Day..the calendar seems to know..it brings the cooler weather, children can concentrate since most classrooms don`t have air if it is hot...And it is not like we get out the 2nd week in June anyway...we go til the end because of snow...I even vote to shorten our Feb break to a 3 or 4 day weekend and trying to get out earlier!!!
Sarah Page Kyrcz September 08, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Lynda ~ I've always thought that having a February and April break is a bit of overkill. Maybe one two week break in March or April, get the batteries recharged and get back to work until the end of the year! Thanks for reading and commenting!
Janet September 08, 2011 at 11:50 AM
I agree! That's how it was when I was growing up in New York. We had a ONE week spring break, not two. I think the extra week of summer is a great trade-off.
Barbara Plotkin September 08, 2011 at 11:51 AM
I agree with starting school after Labor Day! Having grown up in NY, we always started school after Labor Day. My kids were used to this as well until we moved here five years ago. I I think starting later will actually make the first week of school much more productive. Starting school in August is cutting summer off too soon!
Carolyn Murphy September 08, 2011 at 11:55 AM
I agree with after Labor Day, particularly since school got out so late this year.
Sarah Page Kyrcz September 08, 2011 at 11:59 AM
I know, Carolyn, don't you feel like we got robbed of a "real" summer break!
Beth Biegler Hines September 08, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Down South, where I hail from, we used to always start school after Labor Day...back in the day, that is...but it makes sense...Labor Day is the "official" end of summer...it is, as everyone knows, the official last day to wear your white sandals and pumps and it the absolutely last day to sport around with that white or straw handbag...I would enthusiastically support an apres-Labor Day start to school and gladly sacrifice some February days off to do it. - Beth Biegler Hines (recent arrival to Madison from Birmingham, AL where we take our white sandals and straw handbags very seriously)
Lynne Charles September 08, 2011 at 01:33 PM
A vote here to eliminate February break. Just when we get into a routine after Christmas, it screeches to a stop with a week home in the dead of winter. Does this make sense when CMTs follow in March? And really, who can afford to travel when prices are jacked up because the entire East Coast is off that week.
Sarah Page Kyrcz September 08, 2011 at 02:02 PM
I take my white sandals and handbags seriously too, but many people do not. Many "Glamour Don't" nominees walking around, wouldn't you agree, Beth! LOL
Roscoe September 08, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Totally agree. Why start school so early in the middle of the good weather? It cuts off my vacation too because you can't schedule anything just as the school year starts - so Labor Day becomes a non-event.
Carolyn Rotermund September 08, 2011 at 08:04 PM
I agree with starting school after labor day, and shortening Feb break.
Martha September 09, 2011 at 12:30 AM
I would be delighted if we started school after Labor Day. Keep in mind that hundreds of teens in the DHHS marching band and flag squad go to band camp the week before teachers start with their meetings, so this year they went Aug. 15-18 -- now that's really early! I imagine other sports and groups might be starting before school officially starts, too. My family would be willing to sacrifice some of February break in order to enjoy the unofficial last week of summer. I know of a school district that has a four-day weekend for President's Day in February, and that would be fine with me.
Sarah Page Kyrcz September 09, 2011 at 03:26 AM
WOW! Lots of people agree with me and have come up with ways we can cut back on other areas so our children still get the required number of days in school?!? Do you think Amy administrators are reading?!? LOL
Matt September 09, 2011 at 03:55 AM
A lot of people go on family vacations during that February break. Students and staff alike. I was a student when they tried an experimental calendar that eliminated February & April breaks replacing it with only one March break. It was an epic failure that everyone hated. The students hated it. The parents hated it. The teachers hated it. An extra week of school in June doesn't typically interfere with anything.
Sarah Page Kyrcz September 09, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Matt ~ Families get accustomed to certain vacations and it is difficult when things are changed. The snowstorms of last winter and Irene this summer/fall threw all of us a curveball. Keep vacations the way they have always been might not be a bad idea because at least we all know those are in place and we can rely on them not changing. There is something to be said for continuity! Thanks for reading and commenting.
Jennifer Lisi September 10, 2011 at 01:39 AM
I absolutely agree that school should not begin until after Labor day. It was always like that growing up, thus the iconic song "See you in September!" Anyone have ideas on how we can actually propose this change to the BOE? Seems like alot of Madison residents support it is these comments can be taken as a representative sample...
Barbara Salzano September 11, 2011 at 01:16 PM
I vote for starting after Labor Day. Very little is accomplished by starting school and then having a three-day holiday weekend. Labor Day always used to symbolize the end of summer

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