Families better off with later school start [Letter]

September 03, 2014

For decades, schools, teachers and families were very happy with schools starting after Labor Day ("Late start a non-starter," Sept. 2). It meant that families did not have to end a vacation early to come home for three days of school and then have three days more vacation! There is plenty of time in the school calendar to put those three days back in where they used to be — or another place if preferred.

As for "forcing a longer summer break," I doubt that most families would regret the change back.

This in no way reflects on excellent teaching but provides more quality family time and does not reduce the number of school days. It only puts them back on the calendar where they were for decades.

Anne Hackney

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