Apparently I am one of the "few disgruntled parents" who is interested in the old-fashioned end-of August-to-early-June school year (editorial, Sept. 5). I've never quite understood the rationale behind changing the setup, as well as the need to insert some extra breaks into the year. I understand that this is a great setup for the education staff and their families.
While the input of parents was solicited via the county's Web site, the options did not include the school year with which I grew up. I wonder what sort of results would have been found if a simple survey was sent to all parents in the system? In addition, the breaks, which this year include a Friday off in October, then the following Monday through Wednesday, make it difficult and costly for working parents to find extra day care if they are not fortunate enough to take off. Why not just make it all-consecutive?
Perhaps a statewide start date isn't the answer, but does our calendar truly work for the majority?
I guess I'll continue to ponder that, along with those other school-related questions, such as how we used to get along without treats for good behavior, without snacks to get us through the school day, and how we ate those homemade stick-to-your-ribs school meals that still met nutrition guidelines. Guess those changes were needed since school starts so early in the school year!
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