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Susan1

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Just a general curiosity - when do your schools start this year? They get earlier every year. Miamisburg starts on August 8! And ends May 20. All of the other major schools in the area start by August 22. Back "in my day" - 60s-70s (and my exes kids in the 80's), we started school on the Wednesday after Labor Day and went till the first-ish week in June - 8th or 10th or whenever. Miamisburg gets all the usual holidays and a week long fall break and a Christmas break AND a long weekend winter break and spring break and teachers' days off and possible snow days. We sure didn't get all that time off.

I don't even have any kids, but think how that messes up summer vacations, and the amusement and water parks. And schools with no air conditioning. They'll send them home early like they did last year.
 

GarrAargHrumph

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Generally speaking, I've noticed that schools in the south of the US start earlier than those in the northern US, and also get out earlier. The schools where my dad lives in Florida start in the second week of August, but they also get out in May. Up here where I am in NY State, the schools tend to start just before or after Labor Day, and end in late June. This year, I think school starts the Wednesday after Labor Day.
 

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Last year, schools in Philadelphia started back the week before Labor Day. There was a heatwave, and many of the older schools are not air-conditioned. There were early dismissals for @ least 2 days of that week as a result. This year, the start of school for the students is after Labor Day (as it was when I was a kid). I'm not sure if the teachers go back though @ the end of August.
 

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I’m in Massachusetts. The districts around me are starting as early as August 26th and as late as September 4th. My nephew’s kids in NYC don’t start until the 5th this year as the Jewish holidays are late in the month. When they’re earlier, they sometimes start mid September.
 

TheGirlCanSkate

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It is because of AP testing for high schools - then middle and elementary schools are pressured to match. The dates are set in stone and the teachers have that school year to teach the material. It's a very short timeline. Schools realized they could do better with more time on the subjects instead of cramming it all in.
 

skategal

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We don’t start here until Sept 5th. Pretty sure we are the last ones in North America to go back to school. Lol!

But we are also the last ones to start summer break. Last year school ended June 28 and this upcoming year not until June 30. :eek:
 

Japanfan

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We don’t start here until Sept 5th. Pretty sure we are the last ones in North America to go back to school. Lol!

But we are also the last ones to start summer break. Last year school ended June 28 and this upcoming year not until June 30. :eek:
I think the general tendency to start school in Sept. in Canada is based on the light. Summer nights in Canada are long and in some places, kids are outside playing until 9 pm or 10 pm. I remember being reluctant to come in from outside for bed during the summer when I was about 10 and living in the Canadian north. The northern sky is a thing a beauty and is always changing.

I think that idea is kids will be outside a lot during months, to enjoy the light and the warm weather. More likely to hunker down happily to homework the dark, wet and cold winter
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hanca

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We don’t start here until Sept 5th. Pretty sure we are the last ones in North America to go back to school. Lol!

But we are also the last ones to start summer break. Last year school ended June 28 and this upcoming year not until June 30. :eek:
In my original country school year is always from 1st September until 30th June. For all schools except of universities.
Here children go to school until the end of 3rd week of July and start in September.
 

flyingsit

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In my area of Denver, school starts are staggered; 6th and 9th graders went back last Thursday, the rest of middle and high schoolers this week, and elementary kids next week. Everyone is out of school before Memorial Day.
 

skategal

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I think the general tendency to start school in Sept. in Canada is based on the light. Summer nights in Canada are long and in some places, kids are outside playing until 9 pm or 10 pm. I remember being reluctant to come in from outside for bed during the summer when I was about 10 and living in the Canadian north. The northern sky is a thing a beauty and is always changing.

I think that idea is kids will be outside a lot during months, to enjoy the light and the warm weather. More likely to hunker down happily to homework the dark, wet and cold winter
months.
I know I sound like an old fogey :lol: but when I went to school we started the day after Labour Day and would be out no later than June 21 or 22.

I don’t know why they are in so long these days?

Would be nicer if these young Canadians could finish school a bit earlier to enjoy more of our ‘gone too soon’ summer.
 

quartz

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Day after Labour Day here. When I was in high school it was a few days later than that as so many kids were still working in the tobacco fields. Even with the delay, some kids didn't start back for 2 weeks after that - it depended on the harvest.
 

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In my area of Denver, school starts are staggered; 6th and 9th graders went back last Thursday, the rest of middle and high schoolers this week, and elementary kids next week. Everyone is out of school before Memorial Day.
I am curious about who benefits from this schedule?

My daughter lives in Tiburon, CA. They have a great way of handling schools. Everyone starts at the same time. They have three schools. One is for K-2, Next is 3-5 and last 6-8. There are several classes in each grade. Kids stay together, and change schools when they move up. It also eliminates the awkward middle school transition.[/QUOTE]
 
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PrincessLeppard

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My students started today. Earlier this year, we had agreed on how to handle today, and, uh, whoever made the schedule forgot a really important part and now we have to somehow cram that in tomorrow, when the idea was that all of the "important" meetings with students would happen today and we could just start teaching tomorrow.

The schedule for tomorrow has still not been sent out. It's going to be fun. :p

Oh, and we are tentatively scheduled to get out May 20. Too many snow days could push that back.
 

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