The First Day of August, Er...School
As we rushed home from vacation to get the kids ready for their first day of school on Aug. 19, I was a little jealous of my Northern friends and family. They are still on that traditional schedule which means the Tuesday after Labor Day marks the first day of school.
We here in the south tend to want to begin our year the Tuesday after Bastille Day.
While I know that we get out a little earlier to compensate, I’ve always wondered why Florida students start school so dang early? (And yes, I know that the Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, actually moved start dates to be no earlier than 14 days before Labor Day back in 2006).
Remember a couple of years ago when we started on Aug. 3? It was rather uninspiring shopping for school supplies on the Fourth of July. Donning those crisp, fall wool uniforms when temperatures topped 400 degrees Kelvin and the humidity levels hovered around “Rainforest” was pretty uncomfortable. And who can appreciate perusing the Back-To-School catalogs for knee-high socks and mittens when you’ve just applied the third layer of sunscreen on your little one at 8:30 in the morning?